I am a recovering compulsive overeater, abstinent by the grace of God one more day at a time. For details, check out my food journal.
From today’s entry in Voices of Recovery:
From Proverbs 27:
“20 Death and Destruction[Hebrew Sheol and Abaddon] are never satisfied,
and neither are the eyes of man.”
From my reading through the Bible, currently in Psalm 115 through 118:
115:1, “Not to us, O Lord, not to us
but to your name be the glory,
because of your love and faithfulness.”
116:16, “O Lord, truly I am your servant;
I am your servant, the son of your maidservant[Or servant, your faithful son];
you have freed me from my chains.”
117:1-2, “Praise the Lord, all you nations;
extol him, all you peoples.
For great is his love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.
Praise the Lord.[ Hebrew Hallelu Yah]”
Self-sacrifice is a common theme that ran through every reading of my devotional meditation today, from the motherly direction toward abstinence in the VOR to the insatiable appetites of the mortal in Proverbs, to the sacrifices of praise in Psalms 115-117. Psalm 118, however, ties them all together in a beautiful package and delivers it, by way of revelation, to me as a gift of salvation in the name of Jesus Christ, the Ultimate Example of self-sacrifice, the Way, the Rock, the Third Person of the Trinity, the Light, the Sacrificial Lamb.
“20 This is the gate of the Lord
through which the righteous may enter.
21 I will give you thanks, for you answered me;
you have become my salvation.
22 The stone the builders rejected
has become the capstone;
23 the Lord has done this,
and it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 This is the day the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
25 O Lord, save us;
O Lord, grant us success.
26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
From the house of the Lord we bless you.[The Hebrew is plural.]
27 The Lord is God,
and he has made his light shine upon us.
With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession
up[Or Bind the festal sacrifice with ropes / and take it] to the horns of the altar.
See the fulfillment of this Psalm in the person of my Higher Power, Jesus:
- “The Gate of the Lord” – John 14:6, “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
- “You have become my salvation” – John 3:17, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
- “The stone the builders rejected” – Acts 4:10-11, “then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. He is ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.’”
- “The Lord has done this” – Ephesians 3:10-12, “10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.”
- “The day the Lord has made” – 2 Corinthians 6:2, “For he says, ‘In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.”[Isaiah 49:8] I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.”
- “Oh Lord, save us…Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” – Matthew 21:9, “The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna[A Hebrew expression meaning “Save!” which became an exclamation of praise] to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest!”
- “we bless you.[The Hebrew is plural.]” – John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
- “He has made his light shine upon us.” – John 8:12, “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”
- “With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession” – John 12:13, “They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, ‘Hosanna!’ ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ‘Blessed is the King of Israel!’”
- “[Bind the festal sacrifice with ropes / and take it] to the horns of the altar” – Leviticus 4:18, “He is to put some of the blood on the horns of the altar that is before the LORD in the Tent of Meeting. The rest of the blood he shall pour out at the base of the altar of burnt offering at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting.” John 1:36, “When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God!’” 1 Peter 1:18-19, “18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.”
From The “Big Book” of Alcoholics Anonymous, page 11:
“It began to look as though religious people were right after all. Here was something at work in a human heart which had done the impossible.”