Chapter-a-Day Psalm 86

Hearts and minds. Put me together, one heart and mind; then, undivided, I'll worship in joyful fear. Psalm 86:12 (MSG)

In the city where I grew up, at the time I was in high school, there were two large churches with large youth groups. They were the churches to attend if you were a kid who wanted to be involved in church. The church I attended was focused on helping us learn and grow in our faith. We were provided with a plethora of Bible study options. Discipleship classes taught the spiritual disciplines of study, prayer, meditation and scripture memory. Our minds were being fully prepared.

The other youth group, down the street, was focused on emotional, ecstatic worship experiences. They were encouraged to throw their whole heart into worship each week. The music was excellent and lent itself to a great worship experience.

I thought about this dichotomy when I read Psalm 86 this morning. It's not that either group was right or wrong. There was just a different emphasis. One emphasized the discipline of the mind while the other focused more on the heartfelt experience. I sometimes feel my mind engaged in worship, though my heart isn't in it. Other times I feel my heart swept away in a wave of ecstatic emotion, leaving my brain somewhere back on shore. I want both my mind and heart engaged and united when I worship.

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One thought on “Chapter-a-Day Psalm 86”

  1. But you, O God, are both tender and kind,
    not easily angered, immense in love,
    and you never, never quit.
    I am trying to work toward this attitude with my kids. I have changed alot in the last year as a parent. I tend to be very black and white and quite impatient. Through the process of leading youth group and talking to Tom every day, I have backed off a bit. I am learning to listen better and not overreact in anger when my kids disobey. I hope that I am more like Christ with them today than a year ago. This is the description of God that I want to model.

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