Psalms 86:11 Teach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name.
Unite My heart? What does this mean?
When a child unites their hands, their eyes and their mind they manage to catch a ball. However, distractions come their way and they miss the catching the ball.
When King David was writing about his heart, he was largely speaking about his soul. So, he was saying unite my thoughts, my emotions and my will which make up his soul.
King David prays “Teach me Your way, oh Lord.” Then, as if two thoughts from heaven come to him. He says, “I will walk in Your truth” and “Unite my heart to reverence You.” It is there that he found healing and wholeness for his inner man. Here is a truth for us.
Our prayer: Unite my thoughts, intentions and emotions to give correct reverence in my life to You. Then, I will follow Your purpose for my life and serve this generation as David served his!
Ps Owen Fox
Proverbs 21:11 “Simpletons only learn the hard way, but the wise learn by listening.”
Life seems to gives us plenty of opportunities to learn lessons through making mistakes, and when we don’t learn from them, we are generally given other opportunities, until we take the hint. However these ‘opportunities’ are not always pleasant and often appear more like detours.
The word of God tells us that correction and the refining of character are not things to avoid, but rather celebrate; a sign of progress and growth. On the other hand though, this verse reminds us that sometimes those hard lessons can be avoided simply by listening.
God’s word is FULL of wisdom and insight into the issues of life. So not only do we have access to an unlimited supply of wisdom, but when we are planted in the house of God, we are surrounded by leaders and pastors who have dedicated their lives to investing wisdom into us. Let’s make the most of this wisdom and grace so generously given. Let’s be people who learn by listening, not simpletons who learn the hard way.
We are believing: that our hearts would be open to the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit.
Ps Owen Fox
Proverbs 21:23 Whoever guards his mouth and tongue Keeps his soul from troubles. (NKJV)
Have you ever found yourself saying something you know is not good? Wishing you could take it back? You, if only in your mind are reaching out with your hand to grab it and shove it down your throat, wishing no one else heard it. Then you berate yourself for shooting your mouth off again. Part of the answer is to pull yourself up even if it is half way out and rejoice because you have begun a whole new discipline, the controlling of the tongue. The more you do it the stronger you become.
Said another way in the Message Bible, ‘Watch your words and hold your tongue; you’ll save yourself a lot of grief.’
A wise man once told me, vision leaks. Let’s not have it leak out of our mouths as a result of poor discipline.
We are believing: That vision comes out of our mouth so we can remain strong for God’s purpose!
Ps Owen Fox