Drama, Drama, Drama
Do you enjoy drama? Are you a “drama queen” or “king”? Maybe you aren’t, but the idea of drama seems to be welcomed and expected today, doesn’t it? The entertainment industry thrives on our desire for more and more drama: more twists, more turns, more cliff-hangers. We import drama into our everyday conversations as we overemphasize the details of our most recent dining experience, or the other drivers on the expressway, or our children’s teachers, or the dating adventures among our circle of friends. Drama is all around us.
Then real drama comes crashing down on our own lives and we have a problem. We can’t handle actual drama. When drama hits home it is no longer welcome. When drama hits home it can be annoying, frustrating, saddening, maddening, or downright depressing. Too much drama crushes us like a ton of bricks and leave us feeling helpless and alone. King David knew what real drama felt like. Listen to what he writes in Psalm 6:
“Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am faint; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are in agony.”
“I am worn out from groaning; all night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears. My eyes grow weak with sorrow; they fail because of all my foes.”
It’s hard to say what drama had entered David’s life when he wrote these words. We know there were agonizing moments in his life: when he understood the crushing guilt of his sins with Bathsheba; when the child of that adulterous relationship perished; when one of his adult sons rebelled against him and tried to snatch his kingdom. Whatever the drama was, it was severe. He felt it go deep into his body – all the way to his bones. He was worn out from all his groaning. His sobs and tears had drenched both his bed and his couch. He couldn’t keep his eyes open because they swelled from those tears. Have you ever felt like David did?
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David turned to God. God doesn’t mess around with drama. He has always had one, straightforward plan in mind. Perhaps we see incredible drama in that plan: who would have thought God would send his only Son to redeem us from the dramatically damaging effects of our sins? Who would have thought God would die on a cross? Who would write the story-line so captivating? Who would expect Jesus to burst forth from the grave, alive? God did. God sent his only Son. He died. He rose. God did that for you. Do you think he will listen when drama hits home?
“…the Lord has heard my weeping. The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer.”
Beautiful Savior’s newsletter articles in 2014 will focus on portions from short Psalms. These Psalms can be easily committed to memory and serve as wonderful prayers and tools for daily meditation on God’s Word.