Unite My Heart
"Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to your truth!" Psalm 86:11 (NLT)
The comma between the words ways and O Lord represent a pause. Take a moment to re-read the verse and insert the pause. Do you hear the thought and emotion King David put into this exclamatory statement? David wanted to be taught the ways of the Lord. Why? So he could live according to their truth. Oh, how my soul longs for a desire like his.
The word teach is the Hebrew word yarah; it means to throw, shoot, cast, or pour. David, being an excellent warrior, had experience throwing stones and shooting wild animals. Whatever he aimed at and hit immediately followed his ways. The same is true when God teaches us. My favorite word in yarah’s definition is pour. I love the image of God pouring His ways into us so that we might live according to His truth.
Just as King David paused when seeking God’s wisdom, let’s do likewise. We serve and are devoted to the same God. We desire to know the ways of the Lord and live by His truths with a heart united to His. Bend down, O Lord, and hear our prayer as we lift ourselves to you. Amen.
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