Psalm 86:11 – Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear Your name.
As I rush to get ready and face rush-hour traffic in the morning, I find myself asking God to teach me His way as I (clumsily) balance taking care of two young kids and being a seminary student. However, unlike David in Psalm 86:11, I am not asking to know His way so that I may walk in His truth. I am asking so that I may get an A on my Old Testament final, find a bigger house for our family, and get my daughter to stop throwing temper tantrums. With my mind distracted and hurriedly focused on my wants and perceived needs, I too often just try to get by and do not slow down enough to seek God’s truth.
Walking in God’s truth is living a life following God’s direction and leading through His Word and through the Holy Spirit. The end result of seeking God’s way is not for my own will to be done, but for God’s will to happen.
Knowing God’s way takes consciousness. It takes time. And it takes devotion.
Psalm 86:11 shows us that truth is taught by God only. We can’t know it on our own. With our whole entire heart, we must make the effort to seek it from Him and be fully committed to doing what God directs. Notice that David doesn’t say “Teach me your way, so I might walk in your truth if I approve of your direction.” Instead, he affirmatively said “I will walk in your truth. Period.”
Living a life in God’s truth can only be done with a heart undividedly committed to God. Our hearts are not like a pie that can be cut into several pieces. God wants the whole thing and is willing to help us devote ourselves to Him if we would only ask.
Today, follow David’s example by asking God to show you His way and asking Him to give you an undivided heart. And live like David by walking confidently in God’s truth.