Sunday, 06 September 2015

The 12-Step Program in Tehillim

The Pasuk that sums up the program

Vaani

In 1935, through divine intervention, Bill and Bob discovered a program for addicts that would change the lives of millions of people around the world.

The underlying message of the program is that by trusting completely in Hashem’s kindness, even if we don’t deserve it, we will merit His salvation and “recovery”.

And I trusted in your kindness (therefore) my heart will rejoice in your salvation”.

As another Pasuk says “Many are the pains of the evil doers, but he who trusts in Hashem, kindness will surround him”. And the Medrash explains that even an evil doer who trusts in Hashem will be granted great kindness.

רַבִּים מַכְאוֹבִים לָרָשָׁע וְהַבּוֹטֵחַ בה' חֶסֶד יְסוֹבְבֶנּוּ
מדרש תהלים סי' לב אות ג
אפילו רשע בוטח בה' חסד יסובבנהו

It is brought down in the sefarim that the reason why trusting in Hashem brings salvation even when one is not worthy, is because G-d upholds the Honor of His great name. When someone trusts completely in the King, it is not befitting for the King's great honor to let that person down, irrespective of that person’s own merit.

And that is the secret of the 12-Step program's success. When we give our lives and will over to Hashem to run, He doesn’t let us down.

“I shall sing to G-d for he has bestowed (His good) on me”

One day, we will look back and SING TO HASHEM for our recovery, with the acceptance and appreciation that our problem had become our biggest blessing!