Teach me your way, Lord,
that I may rely on your faithfulness;
give me an undivided heart,
that I may fear your name.
Psalm 86: 11 (NIV)
Train me, God, to walk straight;
then I’ll follow your true path.
Put me together, one heart and mind;
then, undivided, I’ll worship in joyful fear.
Psalm 86:11 (The Message)
Lord, you know these verses – in whatever translation – express one of my deepest desires – an undivided heart, living only for you.
A heart I cannot mend on my own.
I can only offer my tiny, dirty, shattered pieces to you, the great Healer and Restorer.
Teach me your ways, Lord. Guide me along your straight path.
My faith is weak and inadequate; only through your faithfulness can I live.
I am unformed clay in your hands. Shape me.
Assemble my brokenness into your creative design.
And fear? The Message calls it joyful fear. That wonderstruck witness beyond all comprehension of Who you are.
You are God. Yes I should fear – overwhelming awe in your presence. Breathtaking beauty. My chatting silenced in your whisper. My soul complete in your love. My heart’s hole restored to whole. Human fear melts in your hands.
Divided, distracted, and desolate without you.
Only with you, Lord, am I undivided.