Every true pastor longs to engage in personal counseling. Except in method and in terminology, counseling is far from new. Parts of the Bible report many cases. In midsummer, if only to prevent a slump in attendance, have a brief course of counseling sermons. Why not base them on favorite psalms? As the hymnal of the Hebrew Church this book has about 50 Psalms of Praise—65 of Prayer—five of Teaching—and 30 of Testimony. Some of these from a single person; others, from a throng.
Leading up to a brief series, a sermon, “The Way to Enjoy a Psalm” (1:1). See it as a gift of God to the imagination. Since popular exposition calls for willingness to omit, deal only with the tree and the chaff. First the positive, and then the negative, by contrast. Put in the forefront what the hearer should remember; then, to heighten the effect, the opposite. I. The Tree: The beauty of being right with God—with others—with self. Here stress the singular. Then by contrast, the plural. II. The Chaff: Men with no roots—no fruits—no beauty. During such a sermon a girl nine years young drew a picture of a tree. Some day she will show it to her grandchildren and tell them about God. What if she had not come to church that day, and there learned to enjoy a psalm?
The bulletin should list a number of Testimony Psalms for home reading next week, with the topic (not the text) of the coming sermon. Subject of the brief series: “God’s Remedy for a Broken Heart.” First Sunday in July: “The Bible Remedy for Fear” (27:1). Amid occasions for fear, faith brings Guidance—Deliverance—Victory. Energy once wasted in friction now starts an automobile, keeps it running, lights it after dark, heats it in winter, and may cool it in summer. The God who gives a man such ...1
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