Running for the Prize (August 17, 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)

Four Things Continued…

  1. Reading: (26-27) Teach me your statutes, make me understand the way of your precepts and I will meditate on your wondrous works. After confessing his sin to God, David then goes to God’s Word in order to learn, understand and apply the truth to his life. These are the phases of good bible study, right? Learning, understanding and applying.
  2. Running: (31-32) I cling to your testimonies, O Lord; let me not be put to shame! I will run in the way of your commandments when you enlarge my heart! Notice that he is no longer clinging to the dust! Now he is clinging to the word of God. He prays that God will aid him in obedience that he might not fall again and commits himself once again to the race, now that God has revived him. 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

Hebrews 12:1b-2: …let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, [2] looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

It is the joy of Christ that we feel when we look to him and see that the sin that has laid us low is beneath his feet and his hand is outstretched to pick us up so we can run again. In times when we have fallen away from God and we feel the conviction of the Spirit drawing us back to him, we must recognize, repent, read and run.

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