Unite My Heart

Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.

Psalm 86:11

I was reading this verse, and the wording toward the end struck me.  The first part of the verse is easy to understand: a simple truth and a simple prayer.  We, like the Psalmist, ask the Lord to teach us His way and to help us walk in His truth.  We need that teaching and that help more often than we realize, because our very nature is against everything that God is and stands for.  It is not natural for us to want to learn His way.  We all have an inborn tendency to want to go our own way.  We do not naturally “walk in his truth.”  Psalm 58:3 tells us that “they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.”  We need to learn to go His way and walk in His truth every single day of our lives.  That is the simple part of the verse. 

The part that I had trouble understanding is “unite my heart to fear thy name.”  How can my one heart be united?  I can understand if the prayer had been for the Lord to “unite our hearts…” but that is not what it says.  It does say in Philippians 2:2 that we should be “likeminded” and “of one accord, of one mind.”  So I think there is truth in the statement that our hearts should be united, but I don’t think that is what this verse is dealing with.

I think that this verse speaks of the deeper truth that, as Christians, we have two natures.  We have a spiritual nature and we have a flesh nature.  The spirit wants to follow the Lord and obey Him and please Him.  The flesh wants everything contrary to Him.  I think that Psalmist wants His entire heart to follow the Lord.  He wants everything that he is to be devoted to the Lord.  He want to be “all in.”  And I think that is a good prayer for us.  How often do we find our heart divided in its affection and loyalty?  We need to pray that the Lord would help our heart be united in following Him!

4 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you, Ben

    In reading your post I find how utterly lost we are without Him. I thought of a song done by Jared Anderson (Rescue). I think especially of the part which says:

    “You are the source of life
    I can’t be left behind
    No one else will do
    I will take hold of You…”

    “our very nature is against everything that God is and stands for. It is not natural for us to want to learn His way. We all have an inborn tendency to want to go our own way. ”
    I found a measure of desperation in your post – the desperate call of one who knows that only He can save. If we are left to our own devices, we will end up only He knows where 😦

    Praying we’ll be satisfied in following Him knowing that any other road leads to certain destruction.

    Praying like the Psalmist that my heart would be all His. Praying alongside you, Ben : “Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.”

    Blessings
    ann

    Praying He’ll ‘come to our rescue’ and ‘capture us with grace’

    Reply

    • Good song for the occasion. I just can’t imagine life without Him; without hope. I have seen where I can go when I’m not following Him, and it’s not pretty. He really is everything and I want every person in the world to realize that.

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  2. Thank you, Ann, for the song/grace.
    Ben, I am so taken by the last part of that verse and what you are thinking it means. It makes me yearn for Him more, to take all of me and make me His. Thank you Ben and God bless you!

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    • I do truly want to be “all in.” Sometimes it’s so easy to let the flesh control us and motivate us to seek things other than Him. I just want Him to take me and use me.

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