Fighting Moses
Holding the land
Seeking to destroy
God’s little band

Later its location
Made it David’s fort
A place to put people
To dangerous to court

Always a high place
In view of the green
One step to desert
And virtually unseen

They built a holy altar
To mimic Jerusalem
Maybe Solomon worshipped
Out of sight of his God

Ever a stronghold
That sowed seeds of doubt
This little fortress
Was evil’s way out

Out to the people
Making irrelevant the claims
That Israel came making
In the Lord’s precious name

No place for wisdom
No obedience here
Arad was failure
That stoned Israel’s ear

I will obey
I will do it God’s way
That is all Jesus asks us
For success His way

Clay Corvin