Psalm 23

Monday, January 14, 2019

In Pursuit

Praying Effectively

Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:6

The individual pursuit event was considered the blue ribbon event of track cycling prior to the UCI dropping it from the Olympic program for the 2012 Olympics. After a recent hiatus, riders are once again going faster and faster earning the title the fastest cyclist in the world. The event is a race where two cyclists begin from a stationary position on opposite sides of the track. It is a 4-kilometre (2.5 mi) race for men and a 3-kilometre (1.9 mi) race for women. The two riders start at the same time and set off to complete the race distance in the fastest time. They will ride on the pursuit line at the bottom of the track in order to find the fastest line. This race makes for an entertaining spectacle as the two riders intensely pursue each other attempting to catch the other rider who started on the other side of the track. If the catch is achieved, then the successful pursuer is declared the winner. However, they can continue to ride the rest of the race distance in order to set the fastest time in a qualifying race or a record in a final.

David uses an interesting word in this passage to describe God's love for us. In the NIV the word is translated “follow,” but a more accurate translation would be “pursue.” The implication is that because of God's love for us, He will go to great extremes to “pursue” us to the ends of the earth all the days of our lives. Interestingly enough, prayer is one means by which we can receive God's love