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The Inner Strength of David the Shepherd Boy
by Venice Kichura
2/13/2007 / Poetry
While Samuel was in prayer one day
God's Spirit spoke to him.
He said, "Please fill your horn with oil
And go to Bethlehem."
"For there you'll find a godly man
Who heads a house of sons.
It's one of them I've chosen for
A job I'll soon need done."
"But, Lord, just how," the prophet asked,
"Will I select this man?
Please tell me how I'll know the one---
I'll need to know Your plan."
God said, "Just take a heifer young,
And go to Jesse's place--
Invite him to My sacrifice,
For there to seek My face."
"Just trust me," God continued on,
"I'll show you what to do.
The son I'll tell you to anoint
Will carry My plan through."
When Sam arrived at Jesse's house
He met his oldest son.
Eliab's such a strapping guy,
For sure, he is the one!"
But then the Lord corrected him,
"Although a work of art,
He's not my man to do the job,
For I look on the heart."
Then Jesse called his second son
To pass in front of Sam.
But God just whispered in his ear,
"No, he is not my man."
Then Shammah passed before Sam's eyes
But he, too, God declined.
"Dear Lord," his servant cried aloud,
"Your man, oh will I find?"
"Now seven striking, able sons
Have danced before my eyes
And all such handsome, brawny men
Yet You told each goodbye?"
And then to Jesse he did ask,
"Have you another son?"
As Jesse sighed, he scratched his head,
"There's still my youngest one."
"But he's a simple shepherd boy.
He doesn't look that sharp.
He spends his days attending sheep
While strumming on his harp."
But Samuel said, "Please send for him.
They'll be no sacrifice
Until I see this shepherd boy
To pass before my eyes."
Then David, Jesse's youngest boy,
Arrived upon the scene.
He was a youngster, fair and small--
He didn't look 13.
As God smiled down, he said to Sam,
"Arise! This one, anoint!
He is the one that I have picked.
This lad I do appoint."
"Although he's only just a boy
And barely in his teens,
I have appointed him to be
A leader and a king."
Yet he did not look very strong,
With arms and legs, small lengths.
But he sang love psalms unto God.
It gave him inner strength.
His skin was rough and rosy red.
He worked out in the sun.
As he attended to his sheep---
He'd snatch them as they'd run.
Amazingly, this shepherd boy
Could grab and snare a bear.
And yet so very tenderly,
For sheep he gently cared.
Then after God anointed him
The land was not the same.
There stalked an evil giant man---
Goliath was his name.
While tending to his sheep one day
Young David heard the call---
"Will someone stand against this foe
Who's more than nine feet tall?"
Though still a youth, he saw King Saul
And volunteered to fight
Against this evil man from Garth,
Although his frame was slight.
Though skeptical of this young boy,
Saul did allow the match
And offered armor and a sword
For David's soon attack.
But David did reject the sword---
No armor did he take.
His armor was the Word of God---
His faith no one could shake.
With just his staff and five smooth stones
Found in a muddy brook,
He went to face this giant strong---
His faith in God, he took.
Goliath roared as David walked
Up towards him for the fight.
But David calmly bellowed back,
"From God I get my might!"
"I come against you in God's name.
There's not a greater sword
Than strength that's found from knowing Him
And trusting in His Word."
Then David aimed his little sling,
Grabbed one stone, smooth and round.
It struck Goliath in the head
As he fell to the ground.
Then walking towards the fallen man,
He took his very sword
To cut away his giant head.
And then shout, "Praise the Lord!"
"You once stood almost ten feet tall.
You came with sword and spear.
But I came boldly in God's name,
Your terror had no fear"
(Based on 1 Samuel 16 and 17)
Venice Kichura is a published freelance writer who lives in the North Georgia Mountains where she finds endless inspiration for her articles, short stories and poems.
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