Morning devotion: Read Psalm 86

Psalms 86:11  Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name. 12  I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore. 13  For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell. 14  O God, the proud are risen against me, and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul; and have not set thee before them. 15  But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth. 16  O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid. 17  Shew me a token for good; that they which hate me may see it, and be ashamed: because thou, LORD, hast holpen me, and comforted me.

In David’s prayer, he asks the Lord to teach him God’s way. How does God teach His way? The answer is through the Word of God. Just like you did in school or college or university. You read books. We have a wonderful book called the Bible; sixty-six books, all comprising one great book. Read it and know.

Romans 15:4  For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

You are never going to know the “way” of God unless you read the word of God. God does not work by osmosis; you must read the bible to know about the “way.” By the way, the “way” is the way of Christianity. In Hebrews, it is called the new and living way. It is called the way of truth, and the right way.

Then David prayed, “I will walk in thy truth:” that is obedience to what he read in the Bible. Once you read the truth you then walk in the truth; he did not want to walk in the way of the “gods” as mentioned earlier in this passage. He wanted to walk in the truth.

Then he prayed, “unite my heart to fear thy name.” Your heart can be united with God in salvation. 1 Corinthians 6:17  But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. John 4:24  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

There must be a desire to be united with the Lord.  David prayed in Psalms 69:18  “Draw nigh unto my soul, and redeem it: deliver me because of mine enemies.” In our text, he asks the Lord to unite his heart.

The word of God gives us the answer of drawing nigh to God. James 4:7  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8  Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 9  Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10  Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

Here is how it works: Realize you are a sinner afflicted in the heart and separated from God. In humility go to Jesus, believe on Him and His salvation and let Him save you. Then you are nigh to God. As a Christian, in humility, we are constantly drawing closer to him as He encourages us and lifts us up in His grace and mercy.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook