Psalm 2- The Rule of God
By S. Jewell S. McGhee
Everything thinks it’s better than God these days. Science thinks she can outthink God. Economics thinks he can out pay God. Sports and Entertainment think they can out play God. All together they expect to throw off the chains of “outdated religion” and “superstitious beliefs.”
Sitting on his uncontested throne, God laughs in the halls of heaven. He rebukes the pride in his anger and his wrath will terrify them. He has established his Kingdom on earth.
He calls to the princes of the earth, he calls to his children and tells them to ask.
“Ask anything in my name and I will do it”
“Seek first My kingdom and My righteousness”
I have told you that you will have authority to drive out demons and that what you bind on earth will be bound in heaven.
So, listen up, “modern era,” listen up power of the earth. Wise up! Be warned. Serve the Lord, Your power is borrowed.
Fear God, don’t doubt that He can destroy you in a flash. Take refuge in God. Find your strength in Him not yourself.
S. Jewell S. McGhee
Jewell is an artist who has come to be known also as an author. She often writes a reflection to go with her art pieces and has been paraphrasing the psalms for many years.
About the Artist
S. Jewell S. McGhee likes to call her art “painting with pencils.” She first started using colored pencils to help her mother write names on lunch bags for school. “My mom would pick matching themes for the names on our bags; all balloons, or sunrises, or sometimes just geometric shapes. She always made them so beautiful; a plain brown bag lunch was, all at once, a love note, a story, a hug, and simple colors to enlighten us for the rest of the day.” These bags also became a constant reminder that art was simple, attainable, and a necessary part of every day.
“I always start with a story.” Every time you hear a story you have a physical (tears, a chuckle, or a smile) or mental (confusion, contentment) reaction which is unable to be explained in words alone. “I like to use abstract art as a medium to dive deeply into the complicated mess of a story and discover something more about it and about myself.” She follows the flow of a story and finds the shapes and colors that express its fundamental emotions and questions.
Jewell uses her art to interpret the stories of Shakespeare, the newspaper, the Bible, and her own life. “As I grapple with Hamlet, I see lines-sharp and violent-cutting through relationships and into love. There is red: obviously for blood, but also for love (a riddle itself). A golden crown, a golden son; a golden sun breaking through ghosts, clouds, and lives to reveal blackness and blood.” How black is the blackness of hate? What texture is grace? What shape is confusion, or desperation, or promise? These are the questions these pieces ask.