Psalm 39

a psalm of lament


Why must we kill each

Other, Lord?  Why is

Cain more of an

Example than a single



Your word tells us to

Love; yet you have

Commanded war, I

Know—does war work

When you are its



We kill each other in

Small ways as well


In kindness withheld,

All respect scorned,

And in quotidian

Wounding that will not

Subside, such is our

Wayward will


And lack of empathy


Keep showing us the

Better way, O Lord


And when we must be

Brutal, let us yield

The field to your

Strategy and control