The King (Reverse Shakespearean Sonnet)

See the majestic king proudly survey
All the vast expanse of his great empire,
Free to roam and govern, to feast and play.
Small and large alike genuflect before him.
His sons and daughters run the lengths and depths,
Heights and widths of his dominion again,
This to become theirs in due course of time.
Nights are spent sleeping near the royal harem.
Should one contest his strength or claim his land,
He will not hesitate to rise in might.
Could you imagine one so foolhardy?
Be so glad to be in his good graces.
Robed and crowned in his victorious gold,
Known and feared, loved and avoided, he reigns.


What is a Shakespearean Sonnet?

November 2019 Poem-a-Day Challenge #12

Government (Terzanelle)

How do you feel when you hear there’s a king?
One who conquers the nations and who reigns
On high with happiness unwavering?

Do you clap your hands? Does your heart feel pangs
At the thought of a Sovereign like this?
One who conquers the nations and who reigns

Lives in eternal, unchanging bliss
And blesses His people with His love.
At the thought of a Sovereign like this

What melody gushes out, when hearing of
Authority with kindness, power that serves
And blesses His people with His love?

What response would such a king deserve?
We should behold in laughing wonder
Authority with kindness, power that serves,

Glory that eagerly soothes and thunders.
How do you feel when you hear there’s a king?

We should behold in laughing wonder
On high with happiness unwavering.


What is a Terzanelle?

Tale of Two Sons

A tale of two sons told in two songs:
A royal Son begotten by His Father,
A royal son betrayed his own father,
The true King reigns on the holy mountain.

A royal Son begotten by His Father,
Given the nations as a coronation gift,
Offers refuge to surrendering rebels.

A royal son betrayed his own father,
Cavorting in public to flaunt his folly,
Eventually hung by the gallows of his vanity.

The true King reigns on the holy mountain,
Shattering the kiln-fired hostiles, and
Shielding the king-friended humble.


Trimeric Form

9-10 (Chant Royal)


Brutus’ fears and Cassius’ schemes
End in the new, same as the old;
The lowly’s hope a deferred dream,
Desire for light a thing too bold.
Is ambitious evil too great,
Succeeding Caesars for our fate?
Will our paths they light ablaze
In bloody pursuit for always?
Into the deaf pit fall our groans?
Will none for us a banner raise?
Yahweh in righteousness enthroned!

The painted dirks their owners bleed,
Prov’dence’s plans to them untold.
In sudden terror, tyrants scream
And face the Judge’s final scold.
Their boomerang’s arc strikes their pate;
Their foiled plans are the first berate.
Appointment with fear does not delay
When sent from the Ancient of Days.
He makes them know they’re clay, not stone;
Saving saints to secure their praise:
Yahweh in righteousness enthroned!

Never hidden find those who seek
The Name who survives tested gold.
They find His goodness ever green
Who empire’s tapestries He wove.
Thanks to Him should never abate;
New songs and words for Him create!
We long for Him to fill our gaze—
He who from Zion’s mountain reigns!
He who took on our flesh and bone
Is forever to us the same:
Yahweh in righteousness enthroned!

The heart, like children, hopeful, plays
In gladness found no other place.
The proof offered behind rolled stone:
He has declared His Son by name:
Yahweh in righteousness enthroned!


The Houses of Healing


At the doors of the Houses many were already gathered to see Aragorn, and they followed after him; and when at last he had supped, men came and prayed that he would heal their kinsman or their friends whose lives were in peril through hurt or wound, or who lay under the Black Shadow. And Aragorn arose and went out, and he sent for the sons of Elrond, and together they laboured far into the night. And word went through the City: ‘The King is come again indeed.’

— J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, 871.

We Need a Priestly King

crown-1484427-639x852I had the honor and privilege of preaching Zechariah 6 to the saints at Grace Community Church.

Audio and notes are available here.

We all have two needs at the core of our being: the need to be ruled and the need to be loved. In other words, we need a King and a Priest. That’s what Zechariah 6 is about.

And ultimately, Zechariah 6 points us to Jesus, who is the mighty King and the Great High Priest. We rules over us, but rules over us in unfathomable love.

I hope Zechariah 6 is an encouragement to you.