In this case, I had a vision in my head of these little guys, and so I searched for a Psalm to fit them. And -- of course -- there it was! "You care for people and animals alike, O Lord."
Other times, I work from the Psalm. I find one I like, and then I think about how to portray these age old songs. In those moments, I feel the abundance within each Psalm even more acutely. There is so much to work with. There are Psalms for weeping and Psalms for rejoicing. Psalms for animals, Psalms for nature, Psalms for rulers, Psalms for the poor.
When I pulled out this little piece that I made a while ago, it reminded me of this abundance. There is a place for each of us in these words, a prayer for each heart -- even the hearts of adorable bunnies and kitties.
May you find abundance in the Word that fills the needs of your heart this day and always.
Psalm 36 (NIV)
I have a message from God in my heart
concerning the sinfulness of the wicked:
There is no fear of God
before their eyes.
In their own eyes they flatter themselves
too much to detect or hate their sin.
The words of their mouths are wicked and deceitful;
they fail to act wisely or do good.
Even on their beds they plot evil;
they commit themselves to a sinful course
and do not reject what is wrong.
Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
your justice like the great deep.
You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.
How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house;
you give them drink from your river of delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.
Continue your love to those who know you,
your righteousness to the upright in heart.
May the foot of the proud not come against me,
nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.
See how the evildoers lie fallen--
thrown down, not able to rise!