“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

In my many years of ministry, I’ve seen that the enemy is constantly looking to divide and conquer, and thereby ruin lives. Whether I was on assignment on Okinawa working with our military community, or whether I was back in the U.S. as a pastor or law enforcement personnel chaplain, Satan’s attack were destructive. I have felt like the psalmist, “poor and needy” (v. 1), clinging to God’s truths harbored in my mind as I offer help to others.

The prayer of David in Psalm 86 is for God to teach him His way. The Hebrew word for “teach” carries the idea of laying a foundation. With that foundation, we walk in God’s truth. How else could we have an undivided heart? We know how splintered our hearts can be, changing with the shifting wind, turning from faithful and unyielding to wavering and wandering when we don’t get our way.

The forces of evil will assault our minds and attempt to destroy our walk with God, there is no doubt about that. But you have His strength and can say along with David, “You are my God” (v. 2).

Scripture Focus

Psalm 86


With a spirit of humility and reverent prayer, the child of God is in the school of divine instruction.

Bible In A Year

  • 1 Samuel 30-31
  • Psalm 135
  • Ephesians 1-2