Psalm 86:11, “Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name.”
When a lion tamer goes into a cage with a lion, he brings his trusty stool with him. Most think of the whip in hand and forget about the importance of the stool. Why a stool, good question. When the stool is extended toward the lion with the legs facing the lion, the lion tries to look intently at all four legs of the stool at once and it causes the lion to become dizzy and therefore tames it. Perhaps it would be more fitting to call the stool the lion tamer than the man holding the stool.
Just as the fierce and mighty king of the jungle can be tamed by focusing on all four legs at once, so too can the Christian be “tamed” by focusing on too many things at once causing one’s mind to become boggled just like the lion’s. This is what I believe that the Psalmist was feeling when he cried out to God in his writing “Teach me Your way O Lord; I will walk in Your truth: unite my heart to fear your name.” What are the four most important priorities in your life? Perhaps your four are in the following list: family, work/school, finances, ministry, exercise, friends/relationships, hobbies, etc…. Now is God the focal point all of your priorities? In Psalm 88:11, the writer gives us insight into how to not live in so many directions at once, but how to live with SINGLENESS OF HEART.
1. Teach me your way O Lord: Realize that God has a way about Him just like you have a way about you. Isaiah 55:8,9 reads, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways…”When we handle our priorities in God’s way, He will be the center of those priorities because they will revolve around Him just as the earth revolves around the sun as it rotates on its axis. God desires that we learn His way of doing our priorities. God’s ways are found in His Word, in prayer consistent with His Word, and through the advice of mature believers that live consistent to God’s Word.
2. I will walk in your truth: First one must learn God’s way, then one can walk in the way of truth. This is the step or appropriating God’s way, actually doing in practical ways in your life. When God is central then His way in your life will be central, thus appropriating His way in your life will cause your way to be aligned with His and you will walk in His truth. Jesus said, “…If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. Thenyou shall know the truth, and the truth [you practice] shall make you free.” James instructs us, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”
3. Unite my heart to fear your name: John Bevere wrote, “One will submit to and serve whatever one fear.” The heart cry of the Psalmist is to have his divided heart united and submit to the Lord by fearing His name. His name is Lord, which is to say He is in control, and deserves to be in control of your life. Abraham tested to see if he had a divided heart or a united heart when he was commanded to offer Isaac on the altar. God tested Abraham on the very blessing (Isaac) that God gave him and Abraham showed his love for God outweighed his love for his son. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom…”
Live with singleness of heart unto God learning His way, doing His way, and Fearing Him so your life will be aligned with His will. God will never let your down.
Until the nets are filled…Blessings, Pastor Phil