Wade E Taylor
"Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth:
unite my heart to fear thy name" Psalm 86:11. "He
made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children
of Israel" Psalm 103:7.
When we pray, "Teach me Thy way," we are asking
for more than we realize. The Lords way, or perspective is
quite different than ours. For us to see things as He does
will necessitate our being taken through some very difficult
and trying experiences. In answering this prayer, the Lord
is limited by any doubt or instability that is within us concerning
our standing in Him.
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are
your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are
higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways,
and my thoughts than your thoughts" Isa 55:8-9.
Our ability to understand "The ways of the Lord"
will require a determined commitment from us: "I will
walk in thy truth." It is essential that we rightly discern
the "arranged circumstances" that come into our
pattern of life as being a part of the out working of His
determined purpose to answer our prayer. Then we will be able
to accept without rejection, reaction, or complaint, these
divine arrangements that the Lord brings into our pattern
of life experience to enable us to better understand His ways.
The last part of this prayer is, "unite my heart to
fear thy name." This speaks of our being brought to the
place where we have only a single desire. This is necessary,
or we will loose sight of our goal of understanding His ways.
It is all too easy, during the outworking of these "Divine
arrangements," to become enamored with some detail, apart
from the intended purpose of understanding His ways.
This prayer to "Unite my heart to fear Thy Name"
can only be answered through an implicit trust in the character
of the Lord. The "fear" that is spoken of here is
a deep heartfelt respect and trust that the Lord will do right
when we totally place ourselves in His hand, giving Him permission
to do with us as He chooses, even when it may not be reasonable
to do so.
When the Lord hears this prayer and accepts the sincerity
of our heart, He will begin to gently knock upon the door
that will lead us into the areas of spiritual understanding
that we desire. Our response to His knocking confirms to the
Lord that we will cooperate with the necessary process.
"Behold, I stand at the door and knock, if any man hear
my voice "and open the door", I will come in and
sup with him and he with me" Rev 3:18.
Several years ago, the Lord prompted me to respond to His
gentle knocking and “open a door" that would lead
into a new area of spiritual understanding and knowledge.
I became frustrated because I did not know how to do this.
Then I realized that this "door" spoke of the barrier
that existed between where I was at that time, and where I
desired to be.
This "door" will affect us in two ways. First,
it acts as being a hindrance because we feel we do not deserve
the right to enter, or are not as spiritual as we should be.
Each of us has our own set of reasons as to why we cannot
enter. Therefore, the door becomes a hinderance and remains
ever before us. As a result, our entrance into understanding
His ways is hindered.
Second, it acts as being an open highway, leading into a
new realm of experience. We asked the Lord to "Teach
us His ways." Therefore, we must act in faith by going
through this door, which becomes a spiritual conduit concerning
all that He is about to do in our behalf. As we do this, the
Lord will come and impart to us the understanding we desire.
There may be certain things that we would like to have, or
areas we would like to enter, but these would hinder the outworking
of our desire to know the ways of the Lord. Therefore, there
will be an evident restriction concerning these, as the Lord
shuts specific doors before us, for our own protection. We
must respect these shut doors.
In the Song of Solomon, the Bride asked the Lord about a
friend that was immature. "We have a little sister, and
she hath no breasts: what shall we do for our sister in the
day when she shall be spoken for? SS 8:8. The Lord answered,
"If she be a wall, we will build upon her a palace of
silver: and if she be a door, we will enclose her with boards
of cedar" SS 8:9.
This speaks of her instability. She is seen as being like
a double hinged door that swings both ways: today, victorious
and rejoicing; tomorrow, doubting and discouraged. The Lord
said to "enclose her with boards of cedar." These
boards of cedar speak of an "arranged" protection,
until a firm, established spiritual foundation can be built,
replacing her present unstable experience.
Asking the Lord to "Teach me His ways" is to ask
Him to deal with me, until I am no longer like this "swinging
door." "Unite my heart" means that I have come
into a realm of fellowship with Him that enables me to see
things from the same perspective as He. Now, stability will
come into my spiritual life and experience. I have become
as a wall that can be built upon.
David saw this need for unity of heart. He said, "one
thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after;
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of
my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire
in His temple" Psalm 27:4. The Apostle Paul said, "Brethren,
I count not myself to have apprehended: but this "One
Thing" I do, forgetting those things which are behind,
and reaching forth unto those things which are before"
Phil 3:13. Both David and Paul came to a singleness of vision
and understanding. The doors that had been before them as
barriers became doors of entrance.
Have you ever locked your car doors with the ignition key
still in the car? It can be seen, but is un-obtainable. It
is so close, and yet so far. The car door has become a barrier
to where you want to be. When you have the key, the door becomes
a way of access to where you desire to go.
I often walk through the print shop, late at night, on my
way home from the office. Though it is very dark, I do not
turn on the lights as I am very familiar with the layout and
know where everything is. Our spiritual lives are this way.
We become accustomed to certain things in our spiritual experience.
We can walk through, without the guidance of the Lord, because
we know the way. Then the Lord presents us with a door that
leads to a new dimension of spiritual life where we have never
been. We want to go through, but become afraid because we
are not sure of the way.
"In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were
not so, I would have told you," John 14:2a. This speaks
of many different levels of spiritual attainment. The Lord
has something fresh and new for us, but when we haven ever
been there, we become apprehensive. It is easier to remain
in the place of our present spiritual experience, where we
"Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with
goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou
art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked"
Rev 3:17. The Lord is speaking of a division of interest.
We can be divided in our desire to know the Lord Himself,
and our desire for the things He can provide. To these the
Lord said: "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if
any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come into
him, and will sup with him, and he with me" Rev 3:20.
Here, our divide heart and interests are made one with His.
There is another attitude of heart that affects the door
that is before us. "And to the angel of the Church in
Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he
that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth
and no man shutteth, and shutteth, and no man openeth. I know
thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and
no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast
kept my word, and hast not denied my name" Rev 3:7-8.
Here, the Lord opens the door for those who have no strength
to do so and encourages us to enter in.
This "door" is placed by the Lord between where
we are spiritually, and where we would like to be, or better,
where He desires us to be. We usually feel that we are not
where we should be, spiritually. This places us on the wrong
side of the door. But there is hope, for Jesus has the key!
"He that hath the key of David, that openeth, and no
man shutteth, and shutteth, and no man openeth."
Concerning our coming to know His ways, He can shut these
doors, He has the key! Concerning our opening our heart and
soul to learning to know His ways, He can open these doors,
He has the key! I can struggle with these doors, as when I
locked the key in the car and had to use a coat hanger to
get in. It is so much better to trust Him and place our lives
in His hands.
Jesus knows best when to use the key. If we will come to
the unity of spirit that He desires for us; making Him Lord
of our every circumstance, He will shut the wrong doors and
open the right ones. When the Lord is the center of our lives,
we can walk with Him through the open door. "I have set
before thee an open door." Now I am in the place of coming
to understand His ways.
Otherwise, He can be found standing outside of the door,
knocking (Rev 3:20). This door has become something different,
a hindrance. We must open this door and allow Him to come
in and sup with us, and we with Him. Here, we will receive
the needed strength to "buy of Him gold tried in the
fire." Rev 3:18a.
"Unite my heart." If I settle this by making Him
Lord of my life and begin to trust Him, He will begin to open
the right doors and close the wrong ones. He is there waiting
to answer my prayer: "Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will
walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name."