Something to Boast About
Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
Those of us who have worked through the Twelve Steps come from many different backgrounds. We could be categorized or labeled in many different ways. But we share a common past of imprisonment to the powerful effects of an addiction or compulsion. We can also share the common experience of having been rescued by God and set free from our peculiar prisons.
Psalm 107 is addressed to various groups of people who have been rescued by God. It says, "He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. . . . ‘Lord, help!' they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He led them from the darkness and deepest gloom; he snapped their chains. Let them praise the Lord for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them. For he broke down their prison gates of bronze; he cut apart their bars of iron. . . . Let them exalt him publicly before the congregation and before the leaders of the nation" (Psalm 107:9, 13-16, 32).
King David sang, "I will boast only in the Lord; let all who are helpless take heart. Come, let us tell of the Lord's greatness; let us exalt his name together" (Psalm 34:2-3).
Those of us who have been set free have something to boast about. We're called to praise God and to exalt him publicly.
Our natural response to recovery should be to shout our story from the rooftops!
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.