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Allan McDougall

208 Silvercreek Pkwy. N. Apt.313, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, n1h8h2
A Christian view of The Twelve Steps. An adaptation of The Twelve Steps is used with permission of Alcoholics Anonymous World services.

We admitted we were powerless, that our lives had become unmanageable-

Psalm 6:2-4 (N.I.V.)

Be merciful to me Lord for I am faint; O Lord, heal me for my bones are in agony. My soul is in anguish. How long O Lord, how long? Turn, O Lord, and deliver me, save me because of your unfailing love.

In the above verses, David the psalmist admits his weakness, powerlessness and total emotional collapse to God. Instead of being defeated by this admission David has actually placed himself in the strongest possible position. Rather than confessing his sins with these words he is asking the Lord to demonstrate his covenant promises of restoration and loyalty! As these actually become his reality (and they will) he will experience a great increase in faith. This in turn will inspire him to move even closer to the love and protection afforded to him by God. The verb faint was sometimes used to express the process of the withering leaves and crops in autumn, but metaphorically it signifies the weakness of strong people. The word bones would suggest the depth of David’s depression which has affected his inner being. The anguish is even more intense because it seems that the discipline has no regard for his fragility and has no apparent end in sight. He wants the Lord to be merciful, so as to restore him now. (If not now, when?) Seems to be incomplete with its final cry, (how long?). Because of the intensity of his emotions, David cannot complete his thought. He then boldly calls on the Lord to return! At this moment he is truly admitting complete and utter powerlessness without his God who has promised deliverance!


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