Potent Words

Psalm 86:11 Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.”

Some words can change the whole meaning of a sentence or phrase. If, and, but, and or are very small, yet powerful words.

When I read this passage, I thought about what the psalmist, David, asked of God.

Teach me thy way.

It takes a humble heart to acknowledge that you do not know it all. I have met a few ‘know-it-alls’ in my time. In conversation, these are the ones who always have the last word, know more, and will always have experience more incredible than the one shared.

You can sense the pride in their response. 

David’s prayer was that he remain teachable, moldable, and able to change as God would desire. In his humility, he also acknowledged God’s sovereignty in that David recognized God as possessing the knowledge he needed and the power to deliver it.

Then David commits himself to what he knows he will receive.

I will walk in thy truth.

He not only submits to God’s authority but also commits to accomplishing what God desires to do through him. David sought wisdom throughout his life. He began what Solomon finished in the book of Proverbs. 

In that wisdom, David knew his heart could not be trusted. He knew that God could change and transform his heart. His prayer revealed the fight between his flesh and his spirit. 

Unite my heart to fear thy name.

In our struggles, we can take lessons from a man called “a man after God’s own heart.”

1 Samuel 13:14 But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee.”

Acts 13:22 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.”

Could it be our prayer as we begin this week to ask God to teach us what it is we lack?

Can we, like David, commit to whatever it is God would teach us?

Then, pray for God to transform our hearts to line up with His will and His way?

Nineteen words with the power to change our lives. Would to God it will be our prayer this week!

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