יחד לבבי yached lebabi
Unite my heart. You know this will only happen through Him. Even when I pray for it through unnecessary pain which I’ve brought upon myself through distraction, sometimes in my own impatience and stirred up emotion, my own desires and worldly passions, I pray not only for an undivided heart, but for the desire to maintain this in Him. The hardest part about praying for unity of mind, heart, purpose and will is that you don’t have it yet, so even as you pray for it, other desires nag at you. But He is faithful–“The one who called you is faithful and HE will do it”. I just have to pray and ask for help and he will continue to be strong when I am weak–knitting my heart to his as I ask for it and wander off in my thoughts, as I find all my springs in him, then look elsewhere. I think as we mature, we will pray more seriously for this unity–and experience more of it (as Christ and the Father are One). Christ prayed for us to be One as he and the Father are One, on the night he died. It was his DYING wish. And the Son gets what he prays for on his ‘deathbed’. He knows my heart and my lack of ability to unite my own heart, even as I seek this. And His patience…what a miracle it is..!
From a commentary on Psalm 86:11:
a) The end which he desired to secure was that he might truly fear God, or properly reverence and honor him;
(b) the means which he saw to be necessary for this was that his “heart” might be “united” in this one great object; that is, that his heart might be single in its views and purposes; that there might be no distracting purposes; that one great aim might be always before him.
The word rendered “unite” – יחד yāchad – occurs as a verb only in three places. In Genesis 49:6, it is rendered united: “Unto their assembly, mine honor, be not thou united.” In Isaiah 14:20, it is translated joined: “Thou shalt not be joined with them.” The adverb – יחד yachad, occurs often, and is rendered together, Genesis 13:6; Genesis 22:6, Genesis 22:8,Genesis 22:19; Genesis 36:7; et saepe. The idea is that of union, or conjunction; of being together; of constituting one; and this is accomplished in the heart when there is one great ruling object before the mind which nothing is allowed to interfere with. It may be added, that there is no more appropriate prayer which a man can offer than that his heart may have such a unity of purpose, and that nothing may be allowed to interfere with that one supreme purpose.
Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible
Teach me thy way – Instruct me in the steps I should take; for without thy teaching I must go astray.
Unite my heart – יחד לבבי yached lebabi, join all the purposes, resolutions, and affections of my heart together, to fear and to glorify thy name. This is a most important prayer. A divided heart is a great curse; scattered affections are a miserable plague. When the heart is not at unity with itself, the work of religion cannot go on. Indecision of mind and division of affections mar any work. The heart must be one, that the work may be one. If this be wanting, all is wrong. This is a prayer which becomes the mouth of every Christian.