LENT DEVOTIONAL 2015 – 40 DAYS OF CLASSIC ROCK – #25 – “Enter Sandman” – Metallica
by Pastor Kyle Durbin, Centenary UMC
So, by definition, “Enter Sandman” by Metallica, being released in 1991, may not fit the exact definition of classic rock, but we’ll say that if current high-schoolers can purchase the band’s t-shirts in the nostalgia section, at 24 years old and as, quite possibly, the bands most successful single, it fits the bill. The song also marks the first time that drummer Lars Ulrich told vocalist James Hetfield that he could write better lyrics, and consequently, the first time a Metallica song got a rewrite based on the demands of a record label.
As it stands, “Enter Sandman,” is the stuff of children’s nightmares, the title, itself, being a reference to the horror-film character of the same name (and, most likely, not the friendly Sandman of children’s fairy tales.) While not a passage of scripture, the song does make reference to the classic children’s prayer, “Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep.” However, Hatfield’s best attempt at illustrating a nightmare, “Dreams of war, dreams of liars, dreams of dragon’s fire, and of things that will bite,” reads like a line taken directly from Revelation of John. In Revelation 12:17, “the dragon…went off to make war…” However, ultimately, all these scary beasts are defeated, as Revelation 20 reads, “Then I saw an angel…he seized the dragon…and bound him…He threw him into the abyss.”
Victorious Christ, we have confidence that your goodness will always defeat the darkness in our lives. Strengthen our confidence in you, so that we can trust you will deliver us from all of our fears. Amen.