Morning worship was led by Alan Davison of Carmarthen Evangelical Church. Alan preached from Psalm 86 verse 11, which he called “David’s blueprint of how to be a man of God.” Three points were raised, David wanted to be:
- a man of letters
- a man of action and
- a man of devotion.
A man of letters:
David asks ‘Teach me your way, O Lord.” Even after becoming king, David’s troubles did not end. Amongst the difficulties David wanted to be taught. He wanted God to teach him His Way. Throughout his life David was offered advice from others, sometimes rejecting this because it was not in line with God’s will. In our own lives we feel pressure to do things, but knowing God has implications for our lives. The world urges us to look out for number one, to do what is convenient. David doesn’t do what is convenient. He wants to do God’s Will. He asks God to teach him His way, there is only one way. The Hebrew word for ‘teach’ is ‘yarah’. It indicates a way to go. It also describes the flight of an arrow or course of a river. God’s Word is precious and we should have a desire for it. The best commentary on the Bible is the Bible.
A man of action:
David recognised the need to be a man of action, “I will walk in your truth.” We can learn from Scripture but we need to apply it. Satan knew scripture like the back of his hand. James 2 verses 14-17 reminds us of the importance of putting our faith into action. Romans 8 verse 28 is an example of how we need to come alongside people and put our faith into action. We need to apply the truth God puts into our lives. Scripture should guide how we live our lives. David wanted to live his life according to God’s truth. Scripture often uses the picture of ‘walking’ a Christian life.
A man of devotion:
David also wanted to be a man of devotion, “unite my heart to fear your name.” He goes on to say “I will give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart.” Our hearts are at the centre of our physical lives but in the same way our spiritual heart is the life blood of our spiritual lives. God should be involved in every aspect of our lives. He knows all of our struggles. As humans we don’t know what to do. We need to put aside our personal desires and seek God’s will. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. In English the word ‘fear’ is a general word that is used in a negative context. In Hebrew, however, the word is le·yir·’ah and it carries the meaning of reverence. God is love. His is pure and glorious. This is part of the mystery of the Cross. Our sins had to be paid for, Jesus paid these for us.
In this verse David speaks of what he needs. He desires to know God, to be a man of letters, to know God’s Word. He wants to walk in God’s truth and become a man of action. He wants to become fully committed, a man of devotion. This prayer is in the future tense. David’s desire is to submit his life to the will of God. John 14 verse 6 is a parallel to this. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No-one comes to the Father except through me.”