Poems

David and Goliath

Aug 2016    

With faith in El Shaddai

that could move mountains,

this rubicund teenager

fresh from the boondocks of Israel

who had spent his youth

tending his father’s flocks

and writing and singing psalms

with his shepherd’s harp

to glorify his God,

stepped forth into the battlefield

unarmed, against the deadliest champion

of the Philistines

who had cowed the bravest of Saul’s warriors.

 

Was it foolhardiness,

driven by desperation

to send a stripling shepherd boy

unskilled in the weapons of warfare

against a colossus,

or was he intended as an insult

against the prowess of Goliath?

 

Carrying a slingshot

and a pouch of granite pebbles

hardened by eons of rock-compression,

David stepped into the valley

filled with disdain for this hulking giant

who had taunted his God and nation,

certain that he would despatch him

despite his suit of armour,

spear and sword

as he had lion and bear

that menaced his sheep.

Who could withstand the might

of El Shaddai, the Lord of Hosts?

 

Leeringly,

Goliath gazed upon this stocky youth,

nimble but so vulnerable,

a pathetic opponent

against his great might and warrior skills;

invulnerable in battle.

 

Nonplussed and fearless,

David approached his foe,

heedless of his strident taunts,

declaring to Goliath

that in the name of El Shaddai

he would fall this day in battle

before his feet.

 

Arming his slingshot

David began swivelling it

with increasing velocity,

as each gyre

served to nerve the sling

with propulsive power

until the trigger moment

just as Goliath raised his sword

when the missile

sank so penetratively

between Goliath’s brow,

snapping all consciousness from him

that he fell face forward before David

who drawing his sword

decapitated him

as he had prophesied

causing the Philistines to flee in panic and disarray.

 

For David dwelt in the shadow

of the wings of El Shaddai

in the secret eyries of His grace

secure in his knowledge and trust

in the love and faithfulness

of the Omnipotent.

Picture by Morphart/Bigstock.com

Dr Oliver Seet –

is a member of Wesley Methodist Church and a Board Director of the Metropolitan YMCA.

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