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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Psalm 139:17, 18 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.