11 Teach me your way, Lord,
so that I can walk in your truth.
Make my heart focused
only on honoring your name. (Ps. 86:11, CEB)
Psalm 86 is more like a Psalm of complaint. Some translations give it a nice feel. The Common English Bible and NET Bible bring out more of the “complaint.”
“Listen O Lord! Answer me!” (v. 1, NET Bible)
In his complaint, David also reminds God of his loyalty (v. 2).
But the promise to maintain loyalty is also there. Verse 11 brings it out.
The crux of discipleship and following God is obedience. It is not about mental ascent to a set of beliefs. It is not making sure those checklists of beliefs are memorized and recited.
It is obedience.
Follow-through matters in discipleship. He is our King. Mental ascent to his rule and reign is not enough. We follow him with all we are… or we are not followers.