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Yet another shooting.

Two pieces come to mind:

  1. A prayer from Psalm 10 that Jackie Hill Perry tweeted a week or so ago,
  2. and songs of lament for churches in times of tragedy, shared with me from Mission Church Creative Arts Director T.D. Oakes.

The Psalm is a unabashed plea for God to justly intercede. The songs are both modern choruses and old hymns, and they remind the Christian that the fundamental peace, identity, and security have been already purchased for him.

Psalm 10:7-8, 12-18

7 His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression; under his tongue are mischief and iniquity. 8 He sits in ambush in the villages; in hiding places he murders the innocent. His eyes stealthily watch for the helpless…

12    Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up your hand; forget not the afflicted. 13 Why does the wicked renounce God and say in his heart, “You will not call to account”? 14 But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation, that you may take it into your hands; to you the helpless commits himself; you have been the helper of the fatherless. 15 Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer; call his wickedness to account till you find none.

16    The LORD is king forever and ever; the nations perish from his land. 17 O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear 18 to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.

Songs for lament

  • No Longer Slaves (Bethel)
  • 10,000 Reasons (Matt Redman)
  • Always (Passion/Kristian Stanfill)
  • Blessed Be Your Name (Matt Redman)
  • Healing Is In Your Hands (Christy Nockels)
  • Take Heart (Hillsong United)
  • I’ve Had Questions (Tim Hughes)
  • I Need Words (David Crowder)
  • It is Well with My Soul (Horatio Spafford)
  • Great is Thy Faithfulness (Thomas Chisholm)

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