The psalms are crucial to counseling: the truth that "strikes all the chords of the soul." The God-centered poetry of the psalms works to affect and alter emotions, imagination, and aesthetic sense. The Lord produces love, trust, need, fear, hope, and joy towards Himself. This is a crucial aspect of sanctification. Through case studies of a rationalistic pastor, a stolid husband, and a fearful woman, shows how the psalms work a more vivid faith and a more honest humanness.