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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Confident (07/05/07)

TITLE: Saul's choice
By Melanie Kerr
07/11/07


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He stood inside the corner of his kingís tent
His gaze upon a young and sturdy lad
With just one stone Goliath was defeated
So why, we ask, was King Saul not so glad?

The boy so young was confident that Godís love
For Israel, His dear people never waned
But Saul had quivered from the giantís challenge
Such knowledge, such humiliation, pained

Saulís confidence was in his mighty stature
His head and shoulders taller than the rest
His size and standing counted but for nothing
When faced with an entirely different test

How did he as a ruler trust that God would
Stand with him, bring him always victory?
What if the moment came and God was absent?
What kind of victíry then could Israel see?

This boy, a shepherd, fresh from peaceful pastures
Oh yes, heíd victories over fearsome bears
But when the crown lays heavy on his forehead
What will he do when crushed by Israelís cares?

The answer came, so swift, a revelation
His confidence would be in God alone
In battles heíd not often be defeated
Because heíd kneel beneath Godís mighty throne

The final scenes played out in Saulís long kingship
His lonely death was on the battle field
Heíd turned away from making God his refuge
His fortress, or his hiding place, his shield

We choose to follow Saul or follow David
We choose to live in victíry or defeat
We choose to turn from God, become the stranger
Or choose to yield before the mercy seat


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Dee Yoder 07/12/07
The contrast between the two kings is wonderfully written. Your poem presents a clear picture of where our confidence should be placed.
Sally Hanan07/12/07
Brilliant. You have such a way with the Bible and the flow of the lines -- an awesome talent. God will hopefully bless many more than those of us here at some point in your lifetime.
Sharlyn Guthrie07/12/07
Well done! Your poetry flows smoothly, effortlessly.
Dixie Phillips 07/13/07
Nice meter. Descriptive words. Loved the line -- We choose to live in vict'ry or defeat.
Helen Paynter07/13/07
Great message, although I must confess I stumbled over the meter in places. I loved the last stanza!
Jacquelyn Horne07/14/07
A beautiful message on choice.
Verna Cole Mitchell 07/15/07
You shown with your poetic words a great contrast here, with a strong choice as your message.
william price07/15/07
Great use of contrast to deliver your message. It seems to be a popular vehicle this week. I enjoyed the read and the blessing. God bless.
Joanne Sher 07/18/07
Wonderful message and great images. I had a bit of trouble with the meter, but I'm not a poet - probably just me. Wonderful.
Kristen Hester07/18/07
Very nice. I love how you show the differences between David and Saul. I enjoyed this.
Sara Harricharan 07/18/07
Nice job! This flows pretty well, the last stanza was my favorite. It just sort of summed the whole 'thing' up. Great job. ^_^
Maxx .07/18/07
I liked this ... the message and the meter. This is a good polished piece.