As I read through and meditated on Psalm 3, I kept being drawn back to verses 4-6,
“I call out to the Lord,
and he answers me from his holy mountain.
I lie down and sleep;
I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
I will not fear though tens of thousands
assail me on every side.” (NIVUK)
My poetic response, therefore, is based on these 3 verses. I tried to write a poem that has the feel of a children’s poem.
A little child in his bed
Had scary dreams go through his head
That had him wake up in a fright
How horrifying seemed that night!
But Daddy soon was by his side
“My son I heard you when you cried,
So tell me now what visions keep
You from enjoying restful sleep?”
A warm hug made fear’s tremors cease
And soon the child was at peace
He knew his Daddy’s love was sure
And so he fell asleep secure
The child could be you or me
The nightmare: trials that we see
Daddy is our God above
Let’s rest – secure in His love.