Running for the Prize (August 16, 2011)

[25] My soul clings to the dust; give me life according to your word!
[26] When I told of my ways, you answered me; teach me your statutes!
[27] Make me understand the way of your precepts, and I will meditate on your wondrous works.
[28] My soul melts away for sorrow; strengthen me according to your word!
[29] Put false ways far from me and graciously teach me your law!
[30] I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I set your rules before me.
[31] I cling to your testimonies, O LORD; let me not be put to shame!
[32] I will run in the way of your commandments when you enlarge my heart!
(Psalm 119:25-32 ESV)

There are two different sets of circumstances that might have you feeling like your face is in the dust. You might feel this way because you have fallen, or because you have been tripped. Let’s look at the circumstances when I fall (25-27, 31-32)

Four things (recognize, repent, read and run)

  1. Recognition: (25) My soul clings to the dust. This is a picture of one so humbled and broken by his condition that he is flat on his face before God, feeling as if he might expire if God doesn’t rescue him by his word. When you experience a dry time in your walk with the Lord, remember that you are the one who has moved. God is eternal. He hasn’t gone anywhere.
  1. Repentance: (26) When I told you of my ways you answered me. When he says here that he told God his ways that means he numbered out his ways or his steps before God in repentance.

I acknowledged my sin to you,
and I did not cover my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,”
and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah
(Psalm 32:5 ESV)

 

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