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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Sizzle (05/02/13)

TITLE: Davidís Tangled Web
By Charla Diehl
05/08/13


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It was in the springtime when kings marched off to war
To destroy the Ammonites--Israelite's army chore,
But David remained in Jerusalem and one leisure afternoon
While strolling on his rooftop, his heart began to swoon
For upon a woman bathing, his curious eyes did rest
Oh, the tangled web he wove, this king whom God had blessed

David summoned Bathsheba and took her to his bed
Lust sizzled, they surrendered--though to Uriah she was wed
Bathsheba soon discovered a pregnancy occurred,
What she felt--we donít know, but to David she sent word,
So now this godly man began to plan Uriahís death
Placing him at wars front lines--where he drew his final breath

Bathsheba mourned her husband, but when her tears had dried
David took her for his wife, but their new born son soon died,
ďLord, I am haunted by the shameful deeds Iíve done,
Will you forgive this evil man that somehow Iíve becomeĒ
ďIím sorryĒ, David pleaded, ďLord, youíve broken me;
Donít cast me away or let your Holy Spirit fleeĒ

With sincere and open begging Psalm fifty-one was penned
Davidís joy diminished ítill he confessed selfish sins,
Desire burned to be made right--he needed Godís salvation
Forgiveness came with mercy from the Power of all creation,
Davidís heart was cleansed and songs of praise were sung
From the depth of his soul, each humble word was wrung

Living in sincerity, candidly before the throne
Fills our lives with blessings, but each action is our own,
Let not our hearts ignite with the tempterís hissing fuels
That compromise virtue, coaxing goodness to a duel,
Call on God the Father when temptation is at hand
Strength will be provided to resist and to withstand


Based on 2 Samuel 11 and Psalm 51


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Lisa Johnson 05/09/13
King David, the poet, would be proud.
Camille (C D) Swanson 05/11/13
Wow- this was so good...it brought Psalms to mind, and moved me greatly. Excellent job!

God bless~
Carolyn Ancell05/13/13
This poem is evenly and beautifully crafted. A delight to read. Thank you for it, and for all the work that must have gone into it. Well done.
Judith Gayle Smith05/15/13
Beautiful. Wish you had room for Nathan and the poor man's lamb. Wonderful to point to Psalms 51 - the true penitential prose of David . . .
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/16/13
Congratulations on ranking 22 overall!