Well this past week I finished up my latest tattoo, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome. I’ve been wanting this “story” on my arm for the last 3 years. In fact, if you know me well, then you definitely know the truth behind that statement because I’ve been talking about this tattoo idea/concept for a while. But since we moved to Cincinnati a few years ago, I’ve been waiting to find the right artist. Well, I definitely found the right person. The guy behind this great piece of art is Brian Level. He works at Mother’s Tattoo in Covington, KY, but also has a private studio which is where he did mine. If you live in the Cincinnati or surrounding area, then definitely go to Brian for your next tattoo. The amazing thing about this tattoo is that it is a one of a kind. That’s why the artist had to be a good fit and why it took so long for me to find the right person. I didn’t just take them a picture and tell them to put it on my arm…all I took was a concept, an idea, and a Bible Story…and Brian absolutely knocked it out of the park. The entire tattoo took 3 different sessions, each session going for about 3 hours. There is a ton of detail in this piece and it tells the story perfectly.
Ok- so here is the meaning behind this tattoo.
The story found in 2 Chronicles 20 is very powerful and has a profound impact in my life. Go check it out. A very short version of the story is this…King Jehoshaphat and his peeps were about to go to battle against a very large and powerful group of people. It was certain doom for King Jehoshaphat and his men. So he rallied everyone together and they began to pray, fast, and WORSHIP through song. The Spirit of the Lord appeared and told them that the battle belonged to the Lord and that all they needed to do was show up and that the Lord would be with them. So they did the unthinkable. They got up the next morning, and instead of sending out the elite soldiers and fighters in their camp, they sent out the choir on the front lines. Yes, a choir. They continued to worship, singing “Give thanks to the Lord, His love endures forever” and when they arrived to the battle ground the enemy was already completely wiped out, just as the Lord had promised. Boom Shaka Laka Dead. And so they continued to Worship.
Obviously this is a very quick recap of the story, I highly encourage you to check it out. But what this story means for me is this: When we worship, God goes to battle for us. Light and Darkness cannot co-exist. When we worship, the enemy flees.
There is power in our worship. Unfortunately many of us never grasp the power of our worship. We don’t realize that there is a battle taking place in the Spirit realm when we worship. God is going to battle for us. Just let that thought sink in for a bit. Its freeing and life changing. Its been so true in my life and over the next week or so I’ll share some personal examples of how this truth has impacted my life. So stay tuned!
And so there you have it. Thanks for reading. In the tattoo is the choir from Jehoshaphat’s army, then you’ve got the folks that the Lord wiped out in the mountains, and the Lion represents God (obviously) and Him just residing over the situation.
Here are some pics….
After 1st session, the outline.
After final session, still very red and instagram kinda didn’t help.
After the final session.
Final session view from the back.