Psalm 86:11-13 (NKJV)
11 Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name. 12 I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, and I will glorify Your name forevermore. 13 For great is Your mercy toward me, And You have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.
Somehow in my daily quiet time yesterday morning, I stumbled across the above Psalm. I can't seem to get this prayer of David's out of my mind, so I'm going to put it into yours, dear readers! :) Read it slowly again and take in all that David is saying...all that God is saying to you.
To me this passage states the key reasons that we should spend quality time with God in prayer and bible study each day. Here's why:
God deserves our time
God deserves our fellowship with Him through our devoted prayer and bible reading time because He has delivered our souls out of the sheer goodness of His heart through His mercy. As David says in verse 13 of the Psalm:
13 For great is Your mercy toward me, And You have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.
According to my bible dictionary, in Hebrew thought, Sheol was regarded as the abode of the dead, deep inside the earth. David was very thankful in God's deliverance of himself from there. God has delivered us Christians from a similar fate. Because of His mercy in allowing His son, Jesus, to die for us, we too are delivered from "Sheol". Not to mention, that once we become Christians, God extends His mercy to us daily as He patiently endures our mistakes and disobedience while molding us to become more like Him.
Our hearts are divided
David prays in this psalm for God to unite his heart so that he would fear God.
11 Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name.
Unite my heart. How many times do we struggle to do the right things in our lives. Our thoughts and actions don't always line up with the truth of God's word, do they? First of all, we must know what God says we should do and think so we can walk in His truth. This is where the bible knowledge comes in handy. However, knowledge not applied does no one any good now does it? We all need our hearts united so that we have only one focus - a devotion to God and to His ways, not ours. Lord, unite my heart to fear your name.
Our praise is required
God's word working inside us will result in outward praise to God in our words and our actions. Praise is more than just singing a praise song. We praise God every time we do what is right in God's eyes. We can even praise God by doing housework! (that was a note to myself!).
12 I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, and I will glorify Your name forevermore.
I truly want to live a life that glorifies and praises God, with all of my heart, mind and soul, but it is not an easy task. King David had trouble, so why shouldn't I, right? The answer though, to having that united heart and healthy fear of God lies in my daily quiet time through prayer and bible reading. Reading to get the info, prayer to apply.
TODAY'S CHALLENGE (or tomorrow, if today has already passed you by):
What is the purpose of your quiet time with God? Do you spend enough time praying to ask God to make what you've learned real in your life? Do you spend enough time to glean a truth from God's word to apply to your day? Remember that time spent with God is not just another thing to check off of the day's "To Do" list. It's purpose should be for life change...to make us more like Jesus every single day.