Psalm 1 Watercolor


Psalm 1 Watercolor

My kids illustrated Psalm 1 by drawing a picture around the Psalm and painting the beautiful illustration with watercolor. Make sure you use special watercolor paper, because the colors don’t roll off the page but sink into the higher-quality watercolor paper. (I’ve bought watercolor paper at art supply stores, but you can also buy it at Walmart.)

We’ve begun a study of the book of Psalms, which is a worship hymnal for God’s people. Lots of the Psalms were written by David, and there is usually a description of when the Psalm was written at the beginning of the Psalm, before the Psalm starts. This way you can figure out if David (or other writers) wrote the Psalm when he was fleeing from Saul, or after his sin with Bathsheba. You can understand the heart behind the Psalm if you do some research into it before you start.


You can discuss the meaning of the Psalm itself. Do we delight in the law of the Lord? Do we spend time listening to the counsel of the wicked? How do we meditate on God’s law day and night?


The most beautiful image in this psalm is the one of the tree planted by streams of water, which is what my kids chose to illustrate. The tree yields fruit in season, and whatever we do, we prosper when we delight in God’s law.


We memorized the Psalm when the kids were little, back when I used to play an audio with me reading God’s Word. When you hear the same Psalm each day, pretty soon you have it memorized, and you have access to it day and night, for the rest of your life!

Since the Psalms are meant to be sung, here is a musical rendition of Psalm 1:

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2 Responses to “Psalm 1 Watercolor”

  1. Ticia says:

    We’re kinda-sorta slowly pretending to study the Psalms. Mainly I’m trying to match 1 or 2 Psalms to go with our studies as we go through David’s life. So far we’ve only studied 1. A great deal of this is held up because I’m not a big fan of Psalms myself.

    • Susan says:

      Psalms is one of my favorite sources of comfort when I am going through difficult times. I usually teach the Psalms by playing praise music that corresponds to the Psalms, and my kids dance around and learn to love to praise the Lord. You can also make musical instruments.

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