Psalm 86:11 - The Undivided Heart.
Psa.86:11: The Undivided Heart.
Psa 86:11 (KJV) Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy
truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.
Psa 86:11 (NRSV) Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in
your truth; give me an undivided heart to revere your name.
Psa 86:11 (NLT) Teach me your ways, O LORD, that I may live
according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, that I may honor you.
Psa 86:11 (CWB) Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in
your truth. Unite my heart to yours and I will faithfully obey you.
This is the only psalm in Book 3 ascribed to David. [Passages Of
What would be the benefit if God saved him from his enemies but
abandoned him to his own waywardness? David's dependence on God is
complete, and so is his devotion to God--save me from the enemy outside
but also from my frailty within. [NIV SB]
[Teach me thy way, O Lord]-- quoted from . (Jamieson,
Fausset, and Brown Commentary)
[I will walk in thy truth] This also is a quotation .(Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary)
Throughout the psalms, the word heart refers to the center of
the human soul or spirit. From this center flow all a person's
emotions, thoughts and attitudes. An undivided heart means that these
expressions reveal a heart that is pure and unselfish, not corrupted in any
way. [Quest SB]
The reason why the hypocrite is unstable in all his ways, is
given us by the apostle: he is a "double-minded man," a man of two
souls in one body .... (Charles H. Spurgeon) [Spirit Filled Life
A hypocrite has a double heart; let mine be single and entire
for God, not divided between him and the world, (Matthew Henry's
The psalmist prays for unity of purpose.... A divided heart can
never render acceptable service to God. [SDA Commentary]
In 86:11 David prayed that his heart would be totally focused on
God's awesome reputation ("name"), not distracted by other interests
or desires. [New Bible Companion]
The way of the Lord cannot be known intuitively; man must be
taught as he sits at the feet of God. [SDA Commentary]
Jeremiah wrote in a similar vein, telling us that God wants us
to return to him with all our heart (Jer. 24:7). He called this
concept singleness of heart and action (Jer. 32:39). Ezekiel also spoke
of God giving an undivided heart and . . . a new spirit (Ezek.
11:19). [Quest SB]
A new heart ("an undivided heart,") [Expositors Bible Commentary]
Only God can give someone an undivided heart; it's not something
we get on our own. [Quest SB]
Our relationship with God is that of children to a parent, sheep
to a shepherd, creators to the Creator. We are dependent on him for
life, for breath, for sustenance, for help in trouble, for love, for
forgiveness, for mercy. We may like to think of ourselves as independent and
self-sufficient. But we are not. We need God. It is vital that
we acknowledge our
need for him because it is the beginning place of our relationship
with him. This psalm helps us give voice to our dependence on God.
[Quiet Time SB]
The forgiven man focuses completely on God. With an undivided
heart he seeks to learn and to walk in God's way. The forgiven man
responds to God's great love with a wholehearted effort to glorify the
LORD. [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary]
The united heart is one totally committed to God's will. A
closer relationship with God can only be achieved as we actively seek
Him and dedicate ourselves continually to obedience to His Word.
[Passages Of Life SB]
Join all the purposes, resolutions, and affections of my heart
together, to fear and to glorify thy name. This is a most important
prayer. A divided heart is a great curse; scattered affections are a
miserable plague. When the heart is not at unity with itself, the work of
religion cannot go on. Indecision of mind and division of affections mar
any work. The heart must be one, that the work may be one. If this
be wanting, all is wrong. This is a prayer which becomes the mouth
of every Christian. (Adam Clarke Commentary)
There is no more appropriate prayer which a man can offer than
that his heart may have such a unity of purpose, and that nothing may
be allowed to interfere with that one supreme purpose. (Barnes'
Be confident of this very thing, that the Father, who has begun
a wonderful and good work in you will continue to work it in you
and through you until He sends Me to the earth again to gather up My
Your heavenly Father never leaves a job half done, never walks
away from a thing He has originated, leaving it unfinished.
I am the Alpha and Omega,
the beginning and the end.
I am altogether perfect.
My dealings with you are perfect ....
When you drink in My word and keep it in your mind continually,
meditating on it day and night to observe and do according to all that is
written in it, then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you
shall deal wisely and have good success. (His Thoughts Toward Me by
APPLICATION: The world trains you to think that success comes
from demonstrating personal power and desire, and by networking with
the right people. God says true success comes from knowing,
contemplating, and memorizing his Word. Choose the best time for you to read
your Bible and pray. Then do it faithfully every day. [Inspirational
We only know God's will as we seek to know him through prayer
and the study of his Word. The more we know about God, the more we
know of what he expects of us. And as we get to know God better, we
will discover that he not only gives us direction, but also gives us
the strength and encouragement we need to walk down the pathway he
chooses for us. [Life Recovery SB]
The child of God never graduates from the school of divine
instruction; every day is "commencement.'' [Disciple SB]