“God is the LORD, who has shown us light.
Bind the sacrifice with cords, even to the horns of the altar.”
If you have been called by God, you have been chosen to be offered as a gift, a “living sacrifice”, for His Son. It is as contrary to our nature to be that kind of gift as it was for an animal in the Old Testament to be willing to be a sacrifice to God. It had to be held down, or tied to the horns of the altar, in order for the death blow to be delivered. Only after they were dead could they safely be untied.
Spiritually, until we die to our flesh, we have to be held down by rules. But once we die, we offer no more resistance to the will of God. We are at that point like a sacrificial ox after being slaughtered; we offer no more resistance to the priest’s work. This complete submissiveness to our high priest, Jesus, is what Paul was talking about when he said, “I die daily.”