Background Story: David wrote the Psalms as personal prayers and worship to God as he went through the trials of his life.
Psalms 86: 5-11
5 You, Lord, are forgiving and good,
abounding in love to all who call to you.
6 Hear my prayer, Lord;
listen to my cry for mercy.
7 When I am in distress, I call to you,
because you answer me.
8 Among the gods there is none like you, Lord;
no deeds can compare with yours.
9 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.
Big Idea: God wants our whole heart.
When I go to Panera Bread, I love to get the pick 2. You select two items to mix and match from a list of options. But unlike Panera, God does not operate in the “pick 2 world.” He is after our entire heart and will not share His throne with anyone else. He should not have to… for “you alone are God” and “there is none like you, Lord.”
But in today’s culture filled with so many distractions from social media to Youtube celebrities, how can we keep our heart undivided?
We must daily draw near to God. There are plenty of things that will pull at us attempting to distract our pursuit of God. Each day, choose a time to intentionally draw near to Him. Pray and repent of sin or idolatry (putting other things first). Spend time in God’s word asking Him to, “teach me your way, Lord.” Open your hands in worship offering Him everything including yourself, your relationships, your time, and your possession to “bring glory to your name.” As God reveals things to you during this time, respond to His leading and learn to, “rely on your faithfulness.”
When you mess up (and you will), don’t hide! God is not surprised by who you are and loves you completely. We are safe to call on our God for “you answer me” and “are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.”