Psalm 86:11—Teach me Your way, Yahweh, and I will live by Your truth. Give me an undivided mind to fear Your name.
King David’s prayer request is one of my favorite passages in the Bible and was my key verse for 1994. When we break it into its natural three phrases there is so much we can apply.
“Teach me Your way, Yahweh . . .” There is no shortage of teachers in the world but the only way that I care about (devoting my life to) and want to be sure to understand is Yahweh’s way. He is the Teacher of all teachers, unique and omniscient.
“I will live by Your truth.”
We will not discover God’s will (way + truth) haphazardly or half-heartedly. Scripture is a direct key to wisdom and the more we immerse ourselves in it—committed to sound, contextual application, the more we will comprehend how to walk.
“Give me an undivided mind to fear Your name.” Reverence for God is a strong theme throughout the Bible. It is a direct proof that we are centered in God’s way. “The fear of the LORD is what wisdom teaches” (Proverbs 15:33). David knew that the obstacle to following God’s way and living by His truth was a divided mind.
How we live our life reveals who or what we really let influence us. We want to do what is right in God’s sight and to please Him but every minute of every day our minds are seduced by other masters. We miss time in the Word consumed by work. We set aside study for pleasure. Slowly over time the habits we set in cement bear the handprints of worldly teachers. The Lord who graciously wants us to understand His way and walk by His truth so that we might revere Him and be blessed is obscured by the voices of a million distracters. What we need is to make David’s brilliant prayer our own sincere cry to Yahweh. Following the Word isthe way, the truth, and the revering life. Something to think about . . . in reveration.
The Bible is a whole library of literature giving us the final interpretation of the truth, and to take the Bible apart from that one supreme purpose is to have a book and nothing more; and further, to take our Lord Jesus Christ away from the revelation of Him given in the Bible is to be left with One who is open to all the irreverent slanders of unbelief.—Oswald Chambers in God’s Workmanship
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)