Running for the Prize (August 19, 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)

  1. Reading: (29-30) David explains that he has chosen the way of truth and that he is using the Scriptures to get there.  Hebrews 12: 3-6, 11-13.
  2. Running: (31-32)
  3. Who’s With Me: In the 1992 Olympics in the 400 meter semifinal in which British runner Derek Redmond tore a hamstring and fell to the track. He struggled to his feet and began to hobble, determined to complete the race. His father ran from the stands to help him off the track, but the athlete refused to quit. He leaned on his father, and the two limped to the finish line together, to deafening applause. Hebrews 12:1-2 reinforces this idea. When I think of what running in the race that is Christianity, this is the picture that always comes to mind. I think of the many times I have fallen on my face and I picture Christ coming to help me across the line and those in the stands are the cloud of witnesses who have run and encourage us on in our journey.

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