A powerful warrior with a a poet’s heart, King David stands ready to lead us through formidable emotional battles. A graceful guide through desolate land.
David faced unfathomable trauma. Abuse. Homelessness. Dislike and slander. Abandonment from his spouse. Adultery. Premature death of a child. Another child was a prodigal. And yet another child, sexually abused. David endured chronic fatigue, overwhelming depression, and so much more.
Can you imagine the pain?
But David uncovered a unique coping mechanism: he learned to write where it hurts. The lyrics of David’s psalms are a direct measurement of his emotional struggles as we watch his words begin in despair and end in praise. David learned to write through his pain. As he coupled his psalm writing with God’s truth, David uncovered a divine emotional healing.
As soul-wounded daughters of David, may that same artfulness penetrate our hearts. May we learn to tell our stories and lessen the hold they may have on us.
My heart bursts its banks, spilling beauty and goodness. I pour it out in a poem to the king, shaping the river into words (Psalm 45:1 The MSG).