This sonnet founds its start with Psalm 119:113-128 epecially verse 114 which reads, “You are my hiding place and my shield.” The image of the Lord as a hiding place immediately drew me to the accounts of Moses and Elijah at Horeb. I was drawn further into 1 Kings 19 as I considered the double-minded and evil doers that the psalmist in Psalm 119 encounters.
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On the run, hiding from the queen’s raging,
The wicked denier, not swayed by the rain,
Her two-faced husband, blind with war waging,
Till they subject all to her god’s domain.
In flight I run, not to You but away
To hide in the wild ‘neath a broom tree lie
Confounded by what should have been the day
Is now the moment I’m ready to die.
You seek, find me hopeless, desp’rate, hiding;
Draw me out, lift me up, to your Mount bring
Show me your promise your presence abiding
In the shepherd neath whose cloak hides a king.
Behold, I see the shepherd who fulfills
God’s word with a whisper death’s raging stills.
© Randall Edwards 2018.
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Artwork: By Foster, William A. [from old catalog] [No restrictions], via Wikimedia Commons