Lighthouse poetry contest. Prompt: Psalm 31:24 in free verse.
I Am the Lord
“Be of good courage”, he told me.
My life is at risk and my future uncertain.
Yet, when have I failed to have courage
or trust my Lord? Never.
Untrue, a voice whispers to me.
You relied on your own thinking,
taking what was not yours, then
tried to hide your sin from Me.
“Be of good courage, he repeated,
and He shall strengthen your heart.”
I have been living in His strength.
Why must I see everything go wrong?
Again, the whisper came. Did you expect to
Choose your grief? You invited these
Consequences—and knew you would
See sorrow. Again you regret your choice.
“All you who hope in the Lord”, Joab finished.
I can only hope in Him and pray He rescue me.
I am weary of suffering and loss and cannot
Save myself. Lord, please grant me mercy.
I will see you safely home again, David.
I set you on that throne and provided all
You possess. I grant My mercy to you;
Yoi remain a man after My heart.
I Am the Lord.
Prompt: PSALM 31:24
Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the Lord.
Free verse. Use the quote anywhere in the piece.
Word count: 202
Line count: 25 without title