Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart to revere your name. Psalm 86:11 (NRSV)
In this age of “everything’s happening 24/7”, and it’s all available to us in real time, since when do we have undivided anything?
We often pride ourselves on multitasking. How many things can we accomplish at the same time? Is it really a good thing to constantly have several activities going on at once? Where is the rest? Where is the balance?
While it is good to be productive and to be good stewards of time and resources, too much “busy” can cause us to become divided and distracted to the point that we no longer commit our whole selves to what we are doing or participating in.
God has a different strategy for us. God longs for us to have a heart completely focused on and rooted in Him.
The psalmist’s words here are powerful. “Teach me YOUR way, Lord.” This means God’s way, not MY way. This is remarkably similar to that difficult petition in the Lord’s Prayer where we pray, “Thy will be done.” Most of us have learned through life experiences that God’s way ends up being so much better than “MY way” in the end.
“That I may walk in YOUR truth.” Contrary to common wisdom, truth is not relative, and truth is not dependent upon a person’s opinion or perspective. God’s truth is constant, fixed and always the same no matter how we feel and no matter how society and social mores change. Sometimes that makes it awkward to be a Jesus follower, when God’s truth clashes with the world’s opinions. But it’s God’s truth that matters, not the world’s opinion.
“Give me an undivided heart.” May this be our prayer as Jesus followers, that as we follow Him we have an undivided heart, focused on Him first and foremost.