On David’s Psalming

The Lord sought a man after his own heart, *
Anointed this Jew “Commander-in-Chief.”

We pity David—how he fell apart—
Plundered a man’s wife like a cunning thief,
Then had that man slain. David paid in grief.

Still, He inked psalms with praise, and loved the Lord.
Yet, due to his crimes, no rest from the sword. **

There is an old sin that shadows my life.
The pain of it cuts my heart as a knife.

Still, I ink praise in meter and verse:
In our Lord’s stream, I wade and immerse.

*1 Sam. 13:14, 2 Sam. 12:10