Daily D – Psalm 86:11
Teach me your way, LORD, and I will live by your truth. Give me an undivided mind to fear your name.
PSALM 86:11 (CSB)
then I’ll follow your true path.
Put me together, one heart and mind;
then, undivided, I’ll worship in joyful fear.
There are two paths in this psalm. David wants to make sure he is on the right one and he seeks God’s direction. He wants to walk with God and to follow where he leads. He knows this is the path of mercy and love (verses 5 and 6).
Notice his request. He says, “Teach me your way, LORD.” David certainly remembered all that God had done for his people across the centuries. He knew the many times God had saved and empowered him. In God’s strength, he had taken on a lion, a bear, and a Big Boy.
As an investment prospectus reminds us, past performance is no guarantee of future results. David did not want to lean on his experiences with God in the past. He wanted to walk wisely and truthfully into the future.
This is the path of an undivided mind and a soul set on praise.
We find the other path in verse 14:
a gang of ruthless men intends to kill me.
They do not let you guide them.
Those who walk away from God can grow arrogant and hateful. The longer they walk in darkness, the more they like it. The more in love with themselves they become, the more they loathe others.
The day lies before us. Decisions have to be made. Which path will you take today? One path is filled with praise and thanksgiving. The other is filled with arrogance and ruthlessness.
I will walk with God and live by his truth.
Our Father, prepare the way before me. Prepare me for the way. Protect me, defend me, keep me moving in the right direction a the right speed. I do not want to get ahead of you. I do not want to fall behind you. I do not want to swerve to the left or to the right. Show me the way I should go so that I may praise you and thank you from a joyful heart. Amen.
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.