“Teach me your way, Lord, and I will walk in your truth. Give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever.” – Psalm 86:11-12 – New International Version (NIV)
Before I became a pastor, I was a Christian Ed Director and youth leader. One Wednesday night at our youth group meeting, we had youth sharing what God was doing in their lives, and one young lady, named Brooke, read a Psalm of David, asking for help in times of trouble. But it was the verses printed above from Psalm 86, that jumped off the page when I heard them.
Back then I kind of prided myself with being really familiar with Scripture, and it was rare that someone would read from Scripture and I’d think, “I’ve never read that before.” But that night when Brooke shared that Scripture, and began sharing ways her heart was divided, it was like Scripture came alive and God was speaking directly to me from His Word.
And I clearly remember thinking, that despite the fact that I claim to love God with all my heart, mind, soul, and strength as Jesus said, how often my heart is divided…something else creeps onto the throne of my heart. Something else pulls my attention and my allegiance away from God, without my being aware of what has happened.
Keeping my heart undivided, is an ongoing struggle, because it’s different “stuff”, at different times in my life, that has potential to divert my full attention away from God, and God’s purposes for me & can end up dividing my allegiance to Him. What are some things that can divide my heart? Worrying or fretting about details in my life, having an over busy schedule, financial struggles, family, friends, hobbies, sports, and technology stuff, can all become idols that split my heart’s allegiance…all can distract me and cause me to have a divided heart.
What about you? Are you loving God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength, as Jesus commanded? Is there something pulling your allegiance away from being a fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ? Maybe we need to take a few minutes, and ask God who or what has control of our hearts.
Psalm 86:11-12 have become my life verses. May these verses speak into your life as they have into mine!
See you in worship at 10:00 A.M.
Grace and Peace,