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Disturbing Psalms

"The Scream of Nature", Edvard Munch, 1893 I have a confession to make. Maybe it’s not the type of admission you would expect from an ordained minister. Nevertheless, as I grow old, more unconstrained I feel to express my thoughts and feelings outside the usual expectations for a "man of God."  We (clergy in particular, and religious people in general) have complicated so much the Christian faith, even though Jesus Christ used to simplify religion.  But that is not my confession.  My confession is that I have had a love-hate relationship with the book of Psalms through the years. When I was a kid at church I was taught that Psalms was a book written by King David: that shepherd turned hero that eventually became king of Israel.  As a child, I was fascinated by the usual “superheroes” like Superman, Spiderman, and Batman.  But I also was fascinated by a hero that wasn’t part of the Marvel/DC universe: King David. So to know that my hero King David also wrote a