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The Psalms are full of drama: love and loss, hurt and longing. This morning I have been looking at the drama in Psalm 34. The little bit of “extra” that you get with a few of the Psalms says that David wrote this piece of poetry during a very intense time in his life: on the run from his king, Saul, separated from his best friend, Jonathan, and dismissed - after some desperate play acting - from the neighboring, enemy kingdom that he had tried to find refuge in. It is very likely that David wrote this Psalm sitting in a cave. (See 1 Samuel 21:10-22:1 for details.)

In our house, there are many things that demand patience and steady effort: cleaning up, getting in shape, losing or gaining weight (yes, gaining weight takes patience), writing, playing video games, keeping the yard looking alright.

Each of these things can be done quickly, but they don't work out well if you do it that way.

My dog is a cat, a “scaredy-cat.” And I have been violating the first rule of teaching with him lately: do not be mad at the sheep for being sheep.