Running for the Prize (August 18, 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)

Having looked at the circumstances when I fall, let’s look now at the circumstances when I’m tripped (28-30, 31-32)

  1. Recognition: (28)

Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.”

(Matthew 26:36-38 ESV)

  1. Restoration: (28) Put false ways far from me; graciously teach me your word! He wants the truth. Falsehood is false hope. There is no comfort in a lie. He wants the truth and he wants the truth in a way that will sooth his weariness and strengthens his heart.  Matthew 11:28; John 16:33;

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
(Matthew 11:28-30 ESV)

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