Daily Devotions

Monday, 22 July 2019

Psalms 86:11

A Heart United

The psalmist is looking to the LORD for guidance. David willingly acknowledges that he does not natively know the ways of the LORD and asks that the LORD teach him. Then he says that he will walk in His truth, in these ways that the LORD will teach him. What a great example to us! As important as it is to seek the ways of the LORD, so is his expressed willingness to commit to actually walk in them.

Yet it is the "unite my heart to fear thy name" portion that is unique. The prayer is that the LORD make every desire of the psalmist to be to fearing the LORD. His prayer was that the desires in his heart (the lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh, and the pride of life - see 1 John 2:16) which compete against fearing the LORD be rooted out and that his heart be single-focused on the LORD. This is quite a prayer, the fruits of which few people have experienced. David did have some tremendous success in this and was identified by God as being a man after His own heart. (Acts 13:22)

Why did David pray this? Certainly, David would benefit amazingly by being single-minded on the LORD and not distracted by things that would sidetrack him, but it seems that his primary motive may be in the next verse. "I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore." (Psalms 86:12) David wanted to have his whole heart united in the fear of the LORD so that he could fully praise and glorify Him forevermore. So set on the LORD was David that he wanted nothing more than the unimpeded ability to praise Him. What drives your Christianity? (VAL)

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