The Nouthetic Counseling (and Peacemaker’s) version of Psalm 54
[July 11, 2022: There have been some changes made to this post. For more information, read the Editors’ notes at the bottom of the post. Editors.]
The Lord Upholds My Life
To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Maskil of David, when the Ziphites went and told Saul, “Is not David hiding among us?”
(1) O God, save me by your name,
vindicate mecorrect my sinful attitudes by your might.
(2) O God, hear my prayer;
give ear to the words of my mouth.
(3) For strangers have risen against me;
ruthless menflawed, imperfect people who need to be shown compassion and forgiveness seek my life;
they do not set God before themselves, but I must try to communicate better with them. Selah
(4) Behold, God is my helper;
the Lord is the upholder of my life.
(5) He will
return the evil to my enemiesteach me that I must examine myself, rather than focus on the sins of others;
in your faithfulness put an end to
themthe sinful attitudes I have held in my heart.
(6) With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you;
I will give thanks to your name, O LORD, for it is good.
(7) For he has delivered me from every trouble,
and my eye has looked
in triumphwith tolerant non-judgement on my enemiesthose who abuse me. Oops; I meant those who I sinfully perceived to have abused me, but now I know better. They did not abuse me. I confess I was sinning when I called it ‘abuse’. Please forgive me God. Amen.
Counselor: “Very good. Let us end this session with a prayer…. Now, do you want me to bill your health insurance provider, or will you pay by credit card?”
It may be that there are some Nouthetic or Biblical Counselors who do not take this approach. My satire is meant to provoke all victim-blaming counselors to reconsider their approach. I call upon all truly Biblical counselors to educate and influence the counselors whose methods are effectively laying false guilt on victims of abuse.
Peacemaker Ministries [Peacemaker Ministries has changed leadership in the time since this ACFJ post was originally published. The replacement link goes to the About page of newest Peacemaker Ministries website. Editors.]
[The following text appeared immediately after Peacemaker Ministries in the original post, but the information about their logo may no longer apply. Editors.] (maybe that should that be PeacemakeR™ — there is a little thing in their logo that might be an asterisk but might be a TM symbol….) promotes the same kind of thing as nouthetic counseling with the additional thumbscrew of Hebrews 13:17 (submit to your Elders) on the assumption that all Elders are keeping true watch over the souls of their flocks and never let their flocks be led away by snakes, devoured by wolves and trampled on by swine.
See Peacemaker Ministries Archive. [ACFJ used a number of methods to find the information to which the original link linked. The information may exist somewhere in the old Peacemaker Ministries archive. Editors.]
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