“Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.”

Psalms 86:11 ESV

 

Never stare at a laser!

 

Most lasers come with a warning not to shine the laser in someone’s (or your own for that matter) eye. Why? Because you can do serious damage to your retina and possibly cause permanent blindness. Lasers are a powerful beam of light that contain a single wavelength of light that has been amplified and then focused by mirrors to create a single ultra focused beam. Lasers can be so focused and powerful that they can cut through thick metal like a hot scoop through ice cream(yummy). I have seen it with my own eyes at a laser cutting shop in Lima, NY. It is absolutely astonishing to watch something so hard and thick get sliced through in hundredths of a second. Lasers can do a lot of damage. But lasers can also do a lot of good as well. They can correct people’s vision, remove unwanted tissue from your body, measure distances with incredible accuracy, cauterize wounds, and the list goes on and on. Lasers aren’t always good but they are always powerful. A focused, united heart is the same way. We are all too familiar with what a focused heart to do evil looks like. Whether it be a terrorist with a bomb, a psychotic gunman shooting on a huge crowd, or a hacker stealing your identity. When people set their heart on doing something, they can usually find a way to get it done. It reminds me of Genesis 11:6 “And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.” The people of Earth had disobeyed God and instead of spreading out over the whole Earth, they began to congregate together to form cities. And the Lord saw that when there was great unity, there was nothing that they couldn’t do. So when David asks the Lord to “unite my heart to fear Your name” it’s so important to see what David wanted his heart united for. Psalm 110:10 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!” Fearing the Lord is to respect who He really is in your life. He is the ruler of everything and the sustainer of life. He is perfect and He is good. If we are to have a united heart, it must be foundationally for the purpose of fearing the Lord. If God is not on the throne of our hearts, we are going to do damage to ourselves and others, and some of it may be permanent.