A Prayer:

There is a prayer in Psalm 86 verse 11 where David says, “Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.” The word “unite” comes from the Hebrew word yahad”, which means “to be joined together,” “solitary,” or “of one mind.”  The word “heart” defined as “the center of the inner life of the person where all the spiritual forces and functions have their origin.

The Question:

The question then becomes, do we have a “united heart”? Are we one in feelings, thoughts, and actions? It means we would have to be the same person in every circumstance. We would have to have one purpose, one direction, one definition of success. Finally, we would agree with Jesus that “no one can serve two masters” (Matthew 6:24).

Remember that David’s words are a prayer. I take them on as a prayer as well and hope you will too. He recognized, as do I, that we cannot unite our own heart. This is because we are fallen and wrestle with our own sinful nature.

Paul admitted the same in Romans 7:18–19 where he said, “I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.”

The Answer:

Paul gives the answer to our problem in verse 25 saying, “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

So, what is God’s way, walking in God’s truth? I believe it is in following the example of Jesus Christ in showing love in whatever the situation. That is the way to a surprising, transformative witness in our chaotic culture.