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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Wow! (03/11/10)

TITLE: A Mighty God is He!
By Yvonne Blake
03/17/10


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Now Ahab was a wicked king,
A wicked king indeed,
He bowed before the idol Baal
A horrid god was he!

Elijah was a man of God,
Great power he did see;
He worshiped the Eternal One,
A mighty God is He!

King Ahab hated men of God,
And killed all those he found;
Though just and holy is our God,
His mercy did abound.

“How long will ye still falter?
How long will ye still fail?
Now will you praise Jehovah,
Or fall down yet to Baal?”

God spoke unto Elijah then;
He told him what to say,
“God will withhold the rain, Ahab;
Turn from your evil way.”

Elijah called the people near;
To Carmel’s mount they came.
“Now you will see which god is real;
Which one will you now claim?”

“How long will ye still falter?
How long will ye still fail?
Now will you praise Jehovah,
Or fall down yet to Baal?”

Four hundred fifty priests of Baal,
They built an altar tall,
They shouted, danced, and cried aloud,
With knives they let blood fall.

Elijah mocked their useless cries,
“Is Baal gone on a trip?,
Perhaps your god is still asleep!”
A smile upon his lip.

“How long will ye still falter?
How long will ye still fail?
Now will you praise Jehovah,
Or fall down yet to Baal?”

From morn ‘til night they cried and begged,
An answer never came.
Four hundred fifty priests had failed;
Baal did not show his fame.

Elijah lay down twelve strong stones,
He calmly, softly prayed,
“Let all now see Your pow’r and might;
Lord, show yourself today.”

He called for water to be poured
O’er sacrifice and wood.
The water flowed through every crack;
Absorbing all it could.

Elijah did not scream and shout,
For God is very near.
Elijah prayed with meekest heart,
He knew that God would hear.

From heaven, streaked a ball of fire!
The people shrieked in fright.
It burnt the bull, the wood, the stones,
And water within sight.

Elijah thrilled at God’s display,
“A faithful God is He!”
The people bowed before His pow’r,
“The only God is He!”

“No longer will we falter.
No longer will we flee.
We praise the One Jehovah!
A mighty God is He!”


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Marita Vandertogt03/19/10
You could turn this into a song - reads like a lyric.
Great way to capture an old testament account... flows beautifully... well done!
AnneRene' Capp 03/22/10
This felt like a story that I just had to know what was coming next. It also sounded like a song within me as I read. Excellent poem and artfully done.
Verna Cole Mitchell 03/22/10
Singing along here with you delightful, God-honoring poem.
Kellie Henningsen03/22/10
This was perfectly written and actually reminds me of a children's book my kids have on the story of Jonah. This would be beautiful illustrated in the same way. It's one of my daughter's favorite books.
Beth LaBuff 03/22/10
I've always loved that story. My favorite stanze is, "From heaven, streaked a ball of fire! -- The people shrieked in fright. -- It burnt the bull, the wood, the stones, -- And water within sight." You, very eloquently, put this into poetry! Your title is the perfect summation!
Eliza Evans 03/22/10
This would be fantastic as a children's book! Great job!!