Summer Daily Devotional - Psalm 86

An Undivided Heart

An Undivided Heart

The Psalmist asks the Lord to “[t]each me Your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness. Give me an undivided heart that I may fear your name” (Ps 86:11). 

What a bold prayer. It takes courage to make such a request from the Lord. He’s asking that the Lord would show him areas in his life where his focus on Jesus is divided. 

Having an undivided heart doesn’t mean we spend all day reading the Bible. It doesn’t mean that we spend all day in prayer (although those are certainly good things to do!). What it does mean is that in everything we do—our work, our recreation, our finances, our time—we are in submission to Jesus. 

What does it mean to have a divided heart? A divided heart means your attention is divided. A divided heart means that you can be doing the same things a person with an undivided heart is doing but for all the wrong reasons

How are your relationships? Where is unity lacking? What area in your life needs attention in order to be under the leadership of Christ?

How about your time? Are you too busy for the most important things (family, church, relationships)?

How about your work? Has your focus for the reason you work been divided? 

How about your recreation? Are you getting enough rest so that you are able to give your best to your relationships?

Let's make the bold request of the Psalmist. Let’s ask the Lord to show us this week where we are living a divided life. And let’s listen to His Spirit as He graciously points those areas out. Let’s ask Him to help us live a life that is whole, in which all our attention and focus and our best is given to the things Jesus has asked of us.

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