Psalm 3: Faith against Foes

 based on Psalm 3 (original)

I cry out oh Lord for help
They surround me on every side
Will you save me in my need?
Many are saying you’ll not provide.

But I know you are my shield
You will lift my head up high
I call out, and you answer me
I know, my aid, you’ll not deny.

If I lie down and fall asleep
I know I’ll wake and rise with glee
I will not fear 10,000 men
For the Lord my God, He shelters me.

Rise up my saviour and my God
Deliver me Lord from my foes
Break their jaw, shatter their teeth
Strike down them who against me rose

The Lord provides our one true hope
From Him receive all you desire
May your blessing, God, be on us all
And let us become what you admire

author: Dr David H. Akehurst

If you liked this, consider reading some of my other poems.

(I have always thought that it would be good to read a translation/interpretation of the psalms that actually read like poetry in the English language. I know that many other people have done this, however a few years back I was house bound for a few weeks and had a go at writing poetry based on them. This is one of the results.)

Psalm 2: The opposition of Nations

based on Psalm 2 (original)

Governments and presidents oppose the Lord’s anointed King.
Why do nations still conspire, their people plot in vain?
By casting off (like chains) the guidance of His holy word,
How will they win? What do they hope to gain?
He could rebuke them if they listen, with His anger and His wrath.
But the one in heaven knows they’re fools and laughs at their mistake,
He has installed a gracious King upon His holy hill
And with these words proclaims Him King, all opposed will break.
Your are my son, today I have become your Dad,
Just ask! The nations and the earth will all belong to you
Rule them with an iron fist and break them if you will
Though my grace abounds and fills you through and through”
So tremble and be wise, all you kings and rulers on the earth,
Serve and respect the Lord your God, rejoice in His chosen Son
His righteous anger may be shown, destroying all opposed.
Better to be blessed, and seek to shelter underneath the Holy One.

author: Dr David H. Akehurst

If you liked this, consider reading some of my other poems.

(I have always thought that it would be good to read a translation/interpretation of the psalms that actually read like poetry in the English language. I know that many other people have done this, however a few years back I was house bound for a few weeks and had a go at writing poetry based on them. This is one of the results.)

Psalm 1: How should one live life?

(based on Psalm 1 [original])

He who follows good advice
How blessed is he indeed
Who keeps others on the path
And gives encouragement in need.

His delight is the Word of the Lord
On this he dwells by day and night
All he does prospers well
Nourished by its power and might

Not the case for wicked men
Who will be blown away like dust
They will not get a righteous end
Or be held account by what is just

For the Lord does guard and guide
The way of those who do what’s right
But the wicked man, he will be lost
In the darkness of the final night

author: Dr David H. Akehurst

If you liked this, consider reading some of my other poems.

(I have always thought that it would be good to read a translation/interpretation of the psalms that actually read like poetry in the English language. I know that many other people have done this, however a few years back I was house bound for a few weeks and had a go at writing poetry based on them. This is one of the results.)

Friendship: God's way

Eternity abounds with God – Father, Son and Holy Ghost
“Relationship between us three is great”, He states,
“This is so good, why don’t we share and spread our love
Let us create a universe, worlds, and men to be our mates.”

The word is spoken, breath is breathed and all around is formed
In to it all God puts Himself and His creative spark of life
Light and dark, Heaven and earth, water land and sky
To rule it all, and with free choice, Man with his fantastic wife.

Adam and Eve, the first to be, live in peace and walk with God
A perfect time, until they make their first bad choice
Their Maker, hurt and sad, knows that He must give them time
To be alone and work it out, whilst He prepares a gift of grace

From bad to worse at first it goes, brothers war and kill
Mankind turns bad and God cries out “What have we done?
Do I need to start again?” Not all is broken, a friend I have
A righteous man amongst them all, Noah is the one.

“Noah, build a massive boat. Save creation from the flood.
I will destroy the evil men, but you and yours will be the seed,”
The earth is cleaned, creation kept, safe within a boat,
And our loving Maker says, “Never again will I do this deed.”

Mankind prospers, increases, spreads across the earth
God does not forget His friend, and puts His plan in motion.
Relationship is in His mind, He wants to give of grace and love;
To declare His main intent, Israel becomes the chosen nation

The nation forms around good men – Abraham and all his line
Jacob finds he has 12 kids, and favour all to Joseph does he show.
The others do not like this much, Joseph nearly loses all,
Though he wins out in the end and off to Egypt they all go.

Egypt is great for a wee while, it feeds them all through famine time.
The local folk though treat them harsh, to slavery the Israelites succumb.
Until the time a hero rises, Moses, man of faith, a leader great, is born
He leads God’s people free, although their choices still are dumb.

To a promised land of milk and honey they arrive,
Joshua, the hero now, leads them in. “With God we fear nothing!”
They settle, happy in the land, living under Priest and Judge,
Until they look at other nations, then they find they want a King

Saul and David, mighty Kings, rule the land and win some wars.
Peace comes at last with Solomon, the wisest of the three
He builds God’s temple with his wealth, plenty to go round
Israel’s fair golden time, the people prosper and are free

Then they start to fight within, a split occurs, the nation parts.
Divided now, Israel and Judah, two peoples and two kings
Neither of them pay much heed, or listen to their loving God.
Prophets come and speak for Him, foretelling many things.

Assyria, then Persia too, fight and conquer all the land
The Israelites are exiled from their hearth and home,
Yet God does not abandon them, He has many plans.
Prophets still do speak and tell of mighty things to come.

Daniel, whilst in Babylon, honours God in all he does,
Along with three who do not burn, fire proof they seem to be.
They bring a witness of their God, on whom they all rely.
Daniel nearly dies, but has a way with cats and thus he is set free.

Esther and a man who has a passion for Jerusalem’s fine walls
Trusting in their God, speak to kings and Israel comes home;
Rebuilding temple, city, and the walls, the nation they reform,
Until once more Israel does fall, this time to mighty Rome.

The Romans conquer all of Israel, but God is fine with this
Its all part of his great plan, He knows that they prepare the way
A way foretold by prophets, a way He planned right from start.
Creation holds its breath with joy, waiting for that glorious day.

The day to come when God restores the friendship that was lost.
God loves His friend, longs to be close and He feels that friendship’s loss.
He knows there is nothing man can do, so because He loves
To make things right for ever more, He himself will hang upon a cross.

author: Dr David H. Akehurst

(originally written as part of C7 Leadership Academy course work)