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Israel's King (Poem)

Updated on November 11, 2012

This poem chronicles some events in Israel's history. It includes many of the miracles of the Old Testament as well as Israel's failings. I believe it is easy to stand in judgment of Israel's failings while simultaneously neglecting to judge ourselves for the same things.

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Israel...

She knew You could guide

With fire in the night.

She knew Your protection

During each fight.


She knew she was known;

She was led by Your hand;

She knew You were King,

Yet she wanted a man.


What made her delay

Seeking food in the famine?

Why did she doubt

You’d protect her from Canaan?


Though You were her King,

She feared and she ran

From her Goliaths

The power of man.


Israel had You, LORD,

No need for a King;

Set apart, chosen,

The nations’ envy.


My life full of judgment;

“Sure glad that’s not me,”

I’ve laughed and I’ve scorned

As I prayed for a king.


You’ve guided, protected;

I’m known and I’m loved

With no impure motives,

Granting peace from above.


Why do I doubt?

What makes me delay?

For You, LORD, are potter;

I am but clay.


LORD, be my King

I’ve nothing to fear;

Creator, Redeemer,

My husband is near.


The elders of Israel said to Samuel, "...appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have." 1 Samuel 8:4-5

For your Maker is your husband - the LORD Almighty is his name - the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth. Isaiah 54:5

PS. I wrote this poem before I was married :)

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      SimoniniKid 4 years ago from Beautiful Glen Ellyn, IL

      No, I haven't read God Through History....can't wait to do so!

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      ExpectGreatThings 4 years ago from Illinois

      Simoninikid, you are such a faithful encourager to me. I'm glad you liked the poem. Did you, by chance, read God Through History? I'm interested to hear what you think about that one :)

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      SimoniniKid 4 years ago from Beautiful Glen Ellyn, IL

      From, "She knew You were King, Yet she wanted a man.", you had me in tears!

      I so needed to be reminded of this "common to all men" sin. REALLY moving poem!

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      ExpectGreatThings 4 years ago from Illinois

      Whonunuwho - I agree. The Jews are only human. It is not the Jews that make themselves great, it is God alone Who has made them great! And I hope the poem wasn't belittling them. It was meant to show that: 1) I have the same sinful tendencies as they do and 2) God is sufficient.

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      Although in the scriptures we read that Israel may be the chosen land and people of God, the Jewish are but human, as are the rest of all humanity. God is the ruler over all the worlds that are seen and unseen. The Creator is a benevolent Lord and kindness without end. Human kind will never be without fallacy in some ways, yet all we may do is strive for a better way of life, and that is the justness of scriptures in all of the world's religions and precepts, that guide all mankind for a better way of life.