“Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart.” Psalm 86:11–12 (NIV)
The psalmist here focuses on one thing that is necessary if we are to walk God’s way successfully. First of all, he cries out, “Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth.” We cannot walk in God’s way unless God in his mercy teaches us that way. And then he says, “Give me an undivided heart.” And a little further on he says, “I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart.”
You will notice the strong emphasis on the heart: “an undivided heart,” “with all my heart.” It is just so important that we don’t have a divided heart, and that our heart is totally yielded to God, that it’s properly focused on God. Friends, those who are in Christ have no second loyalties; we have no options, no plans B. All our life is in God; all our expectations are from God – our purpose on earth and our whole destiny is in God.
I have noticed lately as I talk amongst Christians all over our city that many have so many “options” or “alternatives”, or “plans B”, these days – or “add-ons” to the faith. ‘Enhancers’, if you will. And I am talking about men and women who have been in Christ for decades now. This does not make any sense to me at all. It just doesn’t! Here’s why.
The further along my faith journey I have come, I have learned this absolutely crucial thing about the Christian life: the further you go, the deeper you go in God the fewer the options there are for you. Selah! The way becomes narrower and narrower and ultimately those who come to the end of the course are those who find their total satisfaction in God. It’s not God plus something; it’s God alone. That’s an undivided heart, friends – when we don’t look anywhere but in God for our life, our satisfaction, our peace … and our destiny in this life and the next.
This is what the apostle meant when he said, “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. – Philippians 4:11-12(NIV).
What was Paul’s secret to such contentment? He had been initiated into the deep things of God because he had an undivided heart … and he joyfully discovered that Christ is all sufficient. He needed no other add-on, option, or thing.
Can you say the same?
You are loved.