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11 Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. 12 I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. Psalm 86: 11-12 NIV
Doing things your own way…how’s that working out? I can say from personal experience that doing things my way never works out well. But doing things God’s way always results in our ultimate good. When we’ve reached the end of ourselves, when we’ve painted ourselves into a corner…totally made a mess of things. That’s usually when we look to God for Him to intervene. That’s often when we finally relent and say, “Ok God, let’s try this Your way”. God is so patient. He’ll allow us to try living life our way for as long as it takes for us to realize that it just doesn’t work.
A heart that’s yielded to God, open to His leading says, “Teach me Your way Lord”. It’s a readiness to rely on God instead of our own strength or understanding. To trust His faithfulness. To rely on, hope in, lean on and have confidence in His goodness. David in this Psalm asked God to give him an undivided heart. It might sound like a funny way to describe it. But many of us need to pray that prayer. Our hearts are divided. Our affections are set on all manner of things instead of God. But in order to follow God’s lead and to trust Him, our hope must be found only in Him. Another translation of this verse says, “unite my heart to fear your name”. And indeed many of us need God to unite our hearts. To redeem all the pieces of our hearts we’ve given to useless idols. To put our hearts back together. So we can worship Him with whole hearts.
Love & Blessings,