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Teach me Your way, O Lord,
    that I may walk in Your truth;
    unite my heart to fear Your Name.

“Unite my heart” is a thought that I have never thought about.  The Hebrew is literally:  to make one. It directly implies that the heart is divided.  Indeed, the heart of the old Adam is divided:

St. Matthew 6: 24: “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

Jesus is teaching that the heart, that is, the will, is made for only one master. There can not be a multiplicity of masters, for the very word “master” means only one.  There is no room in us for both the Lord and idols, as is abundantly clear in the history of Israel when the Lord would remove the false gods or say they should be so removed.  As it is summed up in a hymn:

Cast every idol from its throne,
For God is God, and he alone:
To God all praise and glory!

We do not do the casting nor the uniting, the Lord does!  How?  Teach me Your way that I may walk in Your truth.  He has.  It is the way of the Cross and then the way of walking in the newness of life (see Romans 6:4).  In fact, He has baptized us into the Way and the Truth and the Life.  His Law, especially the 1st Commandment, always shows us our  divided heart and His Gospel shows us ever the united heart, His heart:  Jesus’! He unites the heart.  The Lord makes the heart one.  He alone atones, makes one in His forgiveness of each and every one us, washed in the riven tide flowing from His pierced side. Alleluia! Hearts united to fear His Name, trusting in His Name which above all names, that at the Name of Jesus all knees in heaven and earth bow (Philippians 2: 1-11).  Pray this Psalm verse.  In the Name of the Father, and of the +Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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