Oct. 15, 2021

An undivided heart

Psalm 86:11

Teach me your ways, O Lord, so that I may walk in your truth; let me worship your name with an undivided heart.

Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.

Teach me more about you, how you work and how you move, so that I can walk onward in your truth until everything within me brings honor to your name.

Teach me Your way, O Lord, that I may walk and live in Your truth; direct and unite my heart [solely, reverently] to fear and honor Your name.

Reflecting on the verse above, in different versions, we see that the psalmist  petitions God for an undivided heart. James 4:8 cautions us Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. The Amplified version is as follows: Come close to God and He will come close to you. [Recognize that you are] sinners, get your soiled hands clean; [realize that you have been disloyal] wavering individuals with divided interests, and purify your hearts [of your spiritual adultery]. Phillips: Come close to God and he will come close to you. Realise that you have sinned and get your hands clean again. Realise that you have been disloyal and get your hearts made true once more. As you come close to God you should be deeply sorry, you should be grieved, you should even be in tears. Your laughter will have to become mourning, your high spirits will have to become heartfelt dejection. You will have to feel very small in the sight of God before he will set you on your feet once more. Also James 1:8 says that a double minded man is unstable in his ways.  Reviewing the above verses we see that we should be focused on setting aside our propensity to sin and following God's commands with singleness of heart and soul.  We need to be purposeful in our pursuit of holiness. We need to lay aside every doubt and question and hold fast to the truth of God's word. We can always ask God to help us in our faith walk. In fact we cannot continue on the strait and narrow without His intervention. Jesus said Ask, and it shall be given, seek and you shall find, knock and the door shall be opened to you. Many times we think of asking for things, which is not wrong, however we need to ask God for His strength and ability to walk in holiness. Although God delivered us out of the kingdom of darkness, we still have our carnal nature to contend with. Paul said the good that I would I do not. The evil that I would not that I do. What that means is although he wants to do good he finds himself doing evil. Many times we identify with Paul. However Paul gives us the solution in Romans 8. Nevertheless through Christ we can do all things and we are more than conquerors. We overcome our carnal nature and our propensity to sin by the strength Christ imparts to us. We need to tap into Christ's strength to stay on the highway of holiness. Rely on the victory Christ has won for us. We are part of God's victorious army.  God is the strength of our heart. When we are weak and about to stumble God comes to our aid and strengthens us. An exhortation this morning to walk the walk of faith. Rely on the strength of Christ to keep you in the path of righteousness. Amen.