Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth;
give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.
I will praise you, O LORD my God, with all my heart . . .
Do we truly desire success in our walk with God? Then we must give careful heed to these words of David, for he focuses on two essential requirements.
First, David reveals our need of teaching that can come only from God: “Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth.” Left to ourselves, we can neither discern nor apply God’s truth. We cannot walk in God’s way unless He Himself in His mercy teaches us that way.
Second, David focuses on the attitude of heart needed to receive and apply God’s teaching. In verse 11 he says,“ Give me an undivided heart,” and in verse 12 he continues, “I will praise you with all my heart.” Twice he emphasises the response of the heart: “An undivided heart. . . with all my heart . . .”
Here is the crucial issue: that we have an undivided heart. We can have no conﬂicting loyalty, no second option. All our springs must be in God; all our expectations must be from Him. I have discovered in the life of faith that the further we go in God, the fewer our options. The way becomes narrower and narrower. Ultimately those who complete the course are those who have found their total satisfaction in God.
It is not God plus something; it is God alone. Our heart is undivided when we do not look anywhere but to God for our satisfaction, our peace, our life.
Lord, I renounce every claim on my heart’s affection that conﬂicts with my loyalty to You.
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