An Undivided Heart
“Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” Psalm 86:11
I have been asked over the years what living a distinctive Christian life really looks like. I personally have sought the answer to that question throughout my life. I am sure that there are many answers that great theologians could give to this question. Clearly, I am not a great theologian but I do believe that God has given us an answer to this question in Psalm 86:11.
This verse teaches me that distinctive Christian living means having an undivided heart. What does an undivided heart mean? I am convinced that it is referring to loving God completely with the entirety of our heart, soul, and mind. It is an undivided loyalty towards God. In other words, we allow God to control all of our life and not just relegate Him to the spiritual slice.
I am afraid that many people today who claim Christ divide or compartmentalize their heart when it comes to serving God. How do I know this? Research tells us that only about 9% of the people in this country who claim to be Christians actually live with a Biblical Worldview. If that is true, 91% are living with a divided heart. Their loyalty is in other sources rather than in God alone.
Psalm 86:11 is instructing us to ask God to teach and direct us through His Word so that we might learn to rely on Him alone. How do we learn His way as Psalm 86:11 instructs? By spending time in God’s Word and allowing that Word to be the source of truth for our lives.
I have learned over the years that to trust in anything other than God is not fruitful. My desire is to live my life with an undivided heart. A heart that loves God and places Him in the driver’s seat of my life. I want to rely on Him and His Word alone for the direction of my life.
Psalm 86:11 also reminds us that we need to ask God for an undivided heart so that we may fear His name. Our world desperately needs to see a generation of believers who have an awe and reverence for God.
My prayer is that we would begin to pray and seek God as never before. Would you join me in the days ahead in asking God to give us an undivided heart?
I love you and love serving you!