The Crawl

January 19, 2009 at 9:56 am | Posted in BiblicalSwimming, Selected Psalms | 6 Comments
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The swimming stroke which is probably the most easily recognized is called the “crawl.” USA Swimming states that the crawl “is characterized by the alternate stroking of the arms over the water surface and an alternating (up and down) flutter kick.” Although this is probably the most efficient way for a person to move through the water without artificial propulsion, its movements make it appear as though the swimmer is crawling along on his belly on the surface of the water.

In Psalm 104:19-20 the Bible tells us that God, in His glory, has appointed the day and the night for different types of creatures. Although nocturnal beasts often move in a creeping or crawling fashion, they are just as much in the will of God as men who are appointed to be upright in the daylight.

He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down. Thou makest darkness, and it is night: wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep forth.

Psalm 104:19-20

Immature Christians are compared in Scripture to babies (Hebrews 5:12-14). It is natural for babies to crawl. More mature Christians need to understand that, although moving from milk to strong meat, and moving from crawling to walking and running, can be a tedious process, it is part of a process appointed and prescribed by God.

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  1. […] The Crawl: Creeping and crawling is sometimes seen as a reason for scorn among the skeptical, but God has appointed to all things a time and an order. Just as there are nocturnal animals which creep forth at night because of the design of God, so also new believers in Christ Jesus must go through a period of spiritual crawling, before growing into walking and running. (Psalm 104:19-20) […]

  2. […] The Crawl: Creeping and crawling is sometimes seen as a reason for scorn among the skeptical, but God has appointed to all things a time and an order. Just as there are nocturnal animals which creep forth at night because of the design of God, so also new believers in Christ Jesus must go through a period of spiritual crawling, before growing into walking and running. (Psalm 104:19-20) […]

  3. […] up.” It’s natural to start off life as a child, and it’s natural for new believers to start off their Christian life as spiritual children. But there should come a point in time when every […]

  4. […] The previous S.W.I.M. lesson focused on a swimming stroke called the crawl, which, despite its name, is actually the most efficient stroke for speed. USA Swimming lists the five competitive swimming strokes as: individual medley, butterfly, breaststroke, backstroke, and freestyle. “In freestyle events, the competitor may swim any stroke. The stroke most commonly used is sometimes called the crawl…” It is hardly surprising that racing swimmers, when given the “freedom” to choose any style they wish, choose the style which allows them to swim the fastest. […]

  5. […] 42. The Crawl (Psalm 104:19-20) 43. The Other Ten Commandments 44. Leading instead of Watching 45. Creeping with the Enemy 46. Not Afraid of the Dark 47. Waiting and Training 48. The Great Rescuer 49. Two Sides to Every Blessing 50. Light Shows the Way 51. Graded by God: Turning Your “F”s into “A”s (Part Three) 52. A Word about the Word 53. The Word for Sinners 54. The Bible on Trial 55. God Knows Something about Everything 56. Quick Quiz Quietens Questioning Qualms 57. When We Are Tempted to Slam on the Brakes at the Fuller Revelation of God’s Mercy 58. A Closer Walk with Thee 59. Healing for Truly Broken Hearts […]

  6. […] Back Stroke (Acts 27:41-44) The Breaststroke (Isaiah 25:11) The Butterfly (Matthew 23:27-28) The Crawl (Psalm 104:19-20) Freestyle (Galatians 5:1) The Dog Paddle (Philippians […]


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