'PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME'
- Psalm 103 -
oil on linen, size 160-100 cm.
(also available as REPRODUCTION on CANVAS or as ARTPOSTER)
This painting is a combination of both Psalm 103 and Isaiah 9; both scriptures speaking of the qualities and the Names of God.
The central figure is dressed in a 'tallith' (prayer shawl) and personifies Jesus Christ, "the Servant of the Lord".
In Hebrew from right to left is written: "Praise His holy name..." (Ps.103:2)
In the robe, again in Hebrew, are the Names of the Messiah as prophesied
by Isaiah (vs. 6)
- Wonderful Counsellor
- Strong God
- Everlasting Father
- Prince of Peace
In Psalm 103 it says:
"He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor punished us according to our iniquities.
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
As far as the east is from the west;
So far has He removed our transgressions from us."
Heaven/earth, east/west form a cross; the place where God showed us His mercy and removed our iniquities from us. The Cross is seen here in the background.
The tallith (prayer shawl) represents the Counsellor, Priest.
The sceptre is a symbol of His Government.
The pomegranate speaks of Holiness.
The left hand reminds us of a father who wants to guide his child; an
invitation to follow Him.
In the lower right hand corner you can see the crown of thorns, symbolising a strong God, who chose to become weak.
The four corners of the prayer-shawl (tallith) have long tassels, a reminder for the Jewish people not to forget what the Lord has done for them. These tassels are seen in the middle of the painting; illustrating the words in Psalm 103: "And forget not all His benefits..."