Song of the United Heart (Psalm 86)

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

King David felt alone, like he was in solitary confinement to his circumstances, and defenseless. It’s chaos on every side.

He responded —as we read in Psalm 86 — to this situation by leading his heart on a journey through a known land: the path back to God, reminding himself over and over who God is. This is the song of the united heart.

Psalm 86

Message title: Song of the United Heart (Psalm 86)
Fifth week of Summer Psalms and the eighth week of #RenewSummer with the Story Catechism
Scriptures: Psalm 86
Preacher: Jeff Patterson
Date: 8/14/16

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“The more cheerful we are in our duty the more constant we shall be to it.” —Matthew Henry

These Psalms have a collection of themes, of emphases from God, to shape our prayers, which is one an important way in which the Father shapes our lives.

The sixteenth chapter of the Story Catechism is focused on God wanting to know his people and wanting to be known by his people.

God wanted the whole world to know Him.
And to know His love.
The first people who knew Jesus were called His disciples.
The disciples followed Jesus everywhere.
After the resurrection, God would greatly multiply the number of disciples.

Story Catechism

Scripture readings:

Psalm 86 (ESV)

Great Is Your Steadfast Love

A Prayer of David.

86 Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me,
    for I am poor and needy.
Preserve my life, for I am godly;
    save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God.
Be gracious to me, O Lord,
    for to you do I cry all the day.
Gladden the soul of your servant,
    for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
    abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.
Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;
    listen to my plea for grace.
In the day of my trouble I call upon you,
    for you answer me.

There is none like you among the gods, O Lord,
    nor are there any works like yours.
All the nations you have made shall come
    and worship before you, O Lord,
    and shall glorify your name.
10 For you are great and do wondrous things;
    you alone are God.
11 Teach me your way, O Lord,
    that I may walk in your truth;
    unite my heart to fear your name.
12 I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
    and I will glorify your name forever.
13 For great is your steadfast love toward me;
    you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

14 O God, insolent men have risen up against me;
    a band of ruthless men seeks my life,
    and they do not set you before them.
15 But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me;
    give your strength to your servant,
    and save the son of your maidservant.
17 Show me a sign of your favor,
    that those who hate me may see and be put to shame
    because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

Psalms: Songs of Strength
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