Scripture: 7 Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more. 8 Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. 9 Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.
Observations: This particular section seems to point out that those who have turned to alcohol are unable to face reality, and that part of the duty of the King is to speak for them to incite God’s compassion. It would seem to support that alcoholism is a disease, affecting one’s memory, sense of reality, speech and judgment. The fact that the King would need to intercede would imply that the only cure here would be Divine intervention. That’s rather fascinating. I wonder if AA uses this…
Applications: While we’re not kings, I’m thinking that we, and our sons and daughters, should certainly aspire to the kingly power of prayer for those who cannot or who are unable to pray for themselves.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for the divine gifts of reason, reality and eloquent speech. While our sense of reality can be skewed by mind altering substances, we appreciate you watching over our own sense of moderation to maintain reason and speech. May we find compassion for those seeking to flee reality, knowing that they are beyond reason and human help. We ask that you guide them back to reality, giving them strength to bear their burdens and find their way back to your path.