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Previous Challenge Entry (EDITOR'S CHOICE)
Topic: Note (02/07/13)

TITLE: For the Director of Music...
By Cheryl Harrison
~7th Place


Muted sunlight filters through an open window in the north corridor. The rays cast an eerie shadow on the mosaic floor. Ornate carvings and golden fixtures indicate a fine display of wealth and prosperity, but tangible grief seems to linger in the air. The echo of children's laughter ceased long ago. Now, the only evidence of life is a soft rustling sound from behind a latched door at the end of the hallway.

David spends most of his days alone in his room; a recluse with no desire for company. Today, he seeks solace as he examines his sheet music. He thumbs through thick stacks of papyrus, intermittently jotting down notes...

~ For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David... Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer.1

~ For the director of music. For flutes. A psalm of David... Give ear to my words, O LORD, Consider my sighing.2

~ For the director of music. With stringed instruments. According to sheminith. A psalm of David... O LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath.3

Suddenly, the king pauses. A lone tear cascades down his cheek. Painful memories flood his conflicted soul. He ponders the cost of sin. He remembers all too well the day the Prophet confronted him with a cryptic message, "You are the man!"

David admitted his sinful behavior. He fully confessed his act of adultery and premeditated murder. Then, the word of the Lord pierced his heart... “The LORD has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. But because by doing this you have made the enemies of the LORD show utter contempt, the son born to you will die.”

David felt as if someone punched him in the stomach. For seven long days he appealed for God's mercy. He fasted and prayed, willing to take full responsibility for his sin. The zeal of his supplication frightened his servants so much that nobody wanted to deliver the news of his son's death. Stirred by their whispers David asked if the boy was gone. Afterwards, he accepted God's judgment. He arose from his grief, bathed and worshiped the Lord.

After the baby died, David realized his sinful behavior seriously impacted his beloved sons—Amnon, Absalom and Adonijah—all of them stumbling head first into debilitating sin. Amnon raped his sister, Absalom vengefully murdered Amnon, and Adonijah suffered the consequences of unchecked pride. Each son's tragic death further crushed David's fragile heart.

David drew a sharp breath. Sorrowful memories are not his forte. He abandons his music for a moment, battling the anguish within. He frantically paces the floor, crying out to the Lord for refuge from the storm.

Jolted back to the present, David wipes tears from his eyes and returns to his music. He scrutinizes the lyrics and the melody. David believes deep within his heart that God's grace covers a multitude of sin, and as he scribbles a prophetic notation, he begins to worship the Lord again...

~ For the director of music. To the tune of “The Death of the Son.” A psalm of David... I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders.4


Story adapted from 2 Samuel and 1 Kings

1 Psalms 4:1
2 Psalms 5:1
3 Psalms 6:1
4 Psalms 9:1

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Terry R A Eissfeldt 02/15/13
What a wonderful picture into David's world of composition. Well written.
Susan Montaperto02/17/13
What an interesting take on David's life as a composer. Thank you.
Judith Gayle Smith02/18/13
No red ink required! This is so beautifully presented - I felt I was there with David . . .
Alicia Renkema02/18/13
What a wonderful story / fresh insight into the mind and heart of David along with the consequences of sin exposed.Very nice pictures of David being the scribe for these stories as shown forth in scripture and thereby capturing the word for this week's theme. Blessings to you...
Bea Edwards 02/19/13
As I reread your entry the fabulous way you set the scene recaptured me and placed me back in time. Your superbly crafted story is also a sober reminder that my sins consequences are not exclusively my own.
Colin Swann02/19/13
I absolutely love these Bible stories when they are fleshed out with the expertise that's prevalent in this story of David. Thank you so much!

Colin Swann (Gold Membership)
Danielle King 02/19/13
I love the idea of giving us such a detailed and realistic glimpse into David's life. And you did it so skillfully.
John Huckstep02/19/13
I love the story of David. You did a masterful job writing this entry.
Sheldon Bass 02/19/13
Praise God! What a wonderful glimpse into the penitent heart of David. And also the tracing out of sin's ugly consequences, even though fogiven. Then the ultimate jubilation over God's grace and mercy, resulting in praise. I really loved how you showed the writer/composer side of King David. The Psalms have long been a source of comfort and inspiration to many. Just as this piece is to me.
Noel Mitaxa 02/21/13
I love the way you have thrown fresh light on David, who was the world's first country singer. (That's country and eastern, not country and western....)
Love your insights.
Alicia Renkema02/21/13
This was such an original take on the word topic and beautifully written. I am so glad that you won first place in your category. Have a wonderful day basking in the glow of your win! Blessings...
Noel Mitaxa 02/21/13
Congratulations on your win, and your EC
C D Swanson 02/21/13
Congrats! God bless~
Loren T. Lowery02/22/13
Well, I might take issue with Noel not thinking this was country/western : ) but I guess it's matter of not just logistics but interpretation as well. However, you've captured the essence of David's heart and that transcends any boarders east/north/south or west. Congratulations on your EC. Ditto to all the comments above!
PamFord Davis 02/23/13

Wing His Words
Bea Edwards 02/24/13
Congratulations on your well deserved win!
Margaret Kearley 02/26/13
Cheryl, I have just read this wonderful entry and it so blessed my heart. Thankyou for writing such a wonderful and accurate portrayal of the heart of David. It echoes deep in the soul as we confess our own sinfulness and know God's amazing love and restoring power. Thank you again - this is so precious. Congratulations too on a very well deserved win.
Olawale Ogunsola02/27/13
This great piece deserves the win. Congratulations!