Oasis. A cave, a place to hide
A man maneuvers far inside
To save himself from hunters.
Chased by 3,000, his shield is God
He waits for those who want his blood
They also require rest
And find the same place suits a guest
Of the highest mortal rank.
Saul, oblivious of his foe
Enters now and does not know
How near death he is.
So close a cut of garment made
The hunted has a chance to raid
The king goes free, knowing naught
Until the hunted gives it thought
And cries out to his lord.
“My hand will not against you be!”
Though your life could have by me
Saul weeps because knows
What has transpired: David chose
To honor him.
“You repaid my evil with good!”
The king finally understood
Why David would be Israel’s leader.
But David, much later, tried to hide
An indiscreetness with his bride
Before their marriage.
He betrayed Uriah, his close friend
Devising for him a violent end
To cover up the circumstances.
This time David had no redress
God, of course, had known the mess
Evil repaid for good.
This time there was no place to go
For Yahweh knew, will always know
What His servants do.
On both occasions David hid
We see consequences of what he did
And learn the lesson.
Copyright 2016 margaretportergriffin
Photo: En Gedi, the oasis where David hid from King Saul