I may rely on your faithfulness

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Fruit of Faithfulness Series: Day 11

I must catch up!  This week I am feeling the pressure of writing everyday and needing it to be posted and published earlier in the day!

Today we are looking at Psalm 86:11

Teach me your way, Lord,
    that I may rely on your faithfulness;
give me an undivided heart,
    that I may fear your name.

I love how David speaks to God in this Psalm, He is desperate and needing God to comfort him and reassure him.

How many times are we like David, when we need comforted and reassured? We know it but we don’t feel it.

In this specific psalm note all of the time where the word “faithfulness” in used and what he is referring to:

Guard my life, for I am faithful to you; save your servant who trusts in you. Psalm 86:2

Faithful in this context refers to trustworthy. I love how he also says “guard my life” because in proverbs we also told to “guard our heart” (Proverbs 4:23)

Teach me your way, Lordthat I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. Psalm 86:11

Oh look! Here we see “an undivided heart” this means instead of one foot in and one foot out we are all in all of the time. The undivided heart refers not serving multiple God’s and not giving into serving worthless idols.

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Faith in idols is worthless while faith in God is worthwhile.

But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. Psalm 86:15

Faithfulness in this way refers to patience. He is recognizing God’s love and patience for him.

A prayer of David.

Hear me, Lord, and answer me,
    for I am poor and needy.
Guard my life, for I am faithful to you;
    save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God; have mercy on me, Lord,
    for I call to you all day long.
Bring joy to your servant, Lord,
    for I put my trust in you.

You, Lord, are forgiving and good,
    abounding in love to all who call to you.
Hear my prayer, Lord;
    listen to my cry for mercy.
When I am in distress, I call to you,
    because you answer me.

Among the gods there is none like you, Lord;
    no deeds can compare with yours.
All the nations you have made
    will come and worship before you, Lord;
    they will bring glory to your name.
10 For you are great and do marvelous deeds;
    you alone are God.

11 Teach me your way, Lord,
    that I may rely on your faithfulness;
give me an undivided heart,
    that I may fear your name.
12 I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart;
    I will glorify your name forever.
13 For great is your love toward me;
    you have delivered me from the depths,
    from the realm of the dead.

14 Arrogant foes are attacking me, O God;
    ruthless people are trying to kill me—
    they have no regard for you.
15 But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God,
    slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
16 Turn to me and have mercy on me;
    show your strength in behalf of your servant;
save me, because I serve you
    just as my mother did.
17 Give me a sign of your goodness,
    that my enemies may see it and be put to shame,
    for you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

 

Daily Challenge:
Today let’s ask God to show us if we have an undivided heart and ask Him to reveal what we might be dividing our time and attention between God. True faithfulness takes place when you fear the Lord and have one heart to pursue His purpose for you.
 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21

 

 

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