A New Years Prayer
This would solve a lot. I'll ask for this not just for myself, but for others too (Matthew 6:19-25; James 1:2-18)
[Tim Keller on Psalm 88:8-13 ]
Psalm 86: 8– 13.
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. 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.
AN UNDIVIDED HEART.
David asks for an “undivided heart” (verse 11). A divided heart can have many forms. There is the insincere heart, in which what is said out loud is not matched by the inner attitude (Psalm 12: 1). There is the irresolute heart, which cannot fully commit itself (James 1: 6– 8). Even hearts regenerated by the Spirit and loving God retain much of their older willful resentment of his authority (Romans 7: 15– 25). David’s goal is not psychological healing for its own sake but to “fear” God— to give him joyful, awe-filled love with his entire being. The way to this new heart is not introspection but deliberate worship (verse 12). “I will praise you,” he says.
Lord, I praise you that your praise also is my greatest good. Now, with all the sincerity I can muster, I give myself to you, “for my heart’s desire unto thine is bent: I aspire to a full consent.” Amen.