An Undivided Heart

Sam Petitfils

"Teach me Your way, O Lord, and I will walk in Your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear Your name."  Psalm 86:11

Ever seen the look of a child in a candy store?  They know exactly what they want, MANY TIMES OVER.  In fact, they might want a taste of everything in the store.  Their heart yearns for the lollipop, then the carmels, and on to the chocolate section.  (You and I both know that we shouldn't limit this to a child!)

That's a cute picture and all, but what about the child of God who cannot make up his or her mind about serving God with the entire heart?  The Psalmist, aware of his weakness and surrounding temptations, asks God for an undivided heart.  He longs to walk in God's truth, and also have an undivided heart.

Things that divide the heart:

1.  Innocent things.

We can become enamored with work, home repairs, hobbies, music and friends.  But, have we neglected our spiritual walk?  If we fully follow God, He will bless all the other things that need to get done.

2.  Competition.

In sports, competition actually strengthens us, but when we allow things to compete for our heart's attention, we do damage to our souls.  Elijah challenged the people to decide whether or not they would follow God (I Kings 18:21).  He put them to the test.  Have we allowed things to worm their way into our hearts and steal our affection from God?

3.  Evil influences.

We live in a world of evil.  The Apostle John would declare the entire world under the sway of the evil one (I John 5:19).  Evil surrounds us, and we need to flee from it.

4.  Self.

No need to elaborate; you know what I mean.

How to unite the heart:

1.  Pray with the Psalmist for an undivided heart.  Ask God to rid you of competing influences.  Ask for His power to fill your heart and capture your will.  If the heart is not engaged in loving God, serving Him becomes an unpleasant and impossible task.  But Jesus described His yoke as easy (Matthew 11:30).  When the heart is yielded, His yoke is easy.

2.  Ask for God to give you power to steer clear of things that divide.  To be sure, none of us will possess a totally pure heart until we see Jesus, but we need to strive to that end.  We can do this only through God's power.

3.  Keep close accounts with God.  Have a regular time you meet with God, one that includes a time of confession and renewal.

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