Ask The Lord What Only He Can Deliver (Ps 86:11)

| Fri, Mar 24, 2017 | Set 2 Week 12

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Psalm 86:11

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Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name. —Psalm 86:11

Why do we memorize the Word of God? To be able to honor Him (Psalm 19:11). Nevertheless, many times memorization is a fruitless discipline because we equate memorization with learning. We can fill our minds with Bible; but, only if God does something with such Word, it will not help us accomplish anything. In fact, in 2010, the Pew Research Center published the results of its survey affirming, that an average atheist knows more of the Bible than one who professes to be Christian.

There is something in our passage that could be the key so that you may see significant progress in your walk with God. When God puts life in a heart, He also makes it so that its complete satisfaction will only be achieved in Christ, and that obeying Him will be its greater joy. Jesus was kind to His disciples even when they failed Him and did not wait up; “the spirit is willing.”

The psalmist, for his part, desires to be faithful to God; but he knows that his best efforts will never result in piety. Unless God illuminates his understanding and brings to life the Words in his heart, he will not be able to please Him. “Teach me” is the moan of a begging heart that wishes to do the will of God. And then he reinforces this with the second idea: “unite my heart to fear your name.” The meaning of the Psalmist here is that he wants God to grant him piety of heart to be able to honor Him. “A man untaught of the Holy Ghost may long to know a moral, he can never desire to know a spiritual Being” (John Hyatt).

My beloved, you must yearn to live for Christ, cherish His Word and strive to put it into practice; because if your life is not dramatically impacted by it, then you will put into question the transforming power of the Gospel, you will leave defenseless your own soul, and your purpose on this earth will not be fulfilled (Matthew 5:13). “What is a carpenter better for his rule about him, if he sticks it at his back, and never makes use of it for measuring and squaring? So, what are we the better for the rule of the Word, if we do not make use of it, and regulate our lives by it?” (Thomas Watson).

But, do you pray like the Psalmist so that God opens the eyes of your understanding?
Do you ask that His Word may teach you so that you can comprehend what is the width, the length, the height and the depth of His love? Do you cry so that His testimony will make you know the love of Christ that surpasses all knowledge, so that you are filled to all the fullness of God? (Ephesians 3:18-19).

May Psalm 86:11 become a vital part of your prayer life, and may you experience the transforming power of the Word of Christ.


Hector Santana has served as pastor at Iglesia Bautista Nuevo Pacto (New Covenant Baptist Church) since 2002 in his native Dominican Republic. He was born in a Christian home but his greatest influence was his maternal grandmother. When he just a young boy, his grandmother took him with her to share the Word of God to very poor children. Hector received Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of 17 at a youth camp. He has been married to Patricia since 1991 and they have three children: Jorge Daniel, Pamela Elisa and Hector Isaac.

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