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The Heart of God

Posted on May 03 , 2014 in God's Word & Love

The Heart of God

© By Brad L Hodges

Proverbs 4:23
23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

Wikipedia describes the human heart in part as follows: “The human heart is an organ that provides a continuous blood circulation through the cardiac cycle and is a vital organ in the human body. The heart is divided into four main chambers: the two upper chambers are called the left atrium and the right atrium (plural atria) and the two lower chambers are called the right and the left ventricle. There is a thick wall of muscle separating the right side and the left side of the heart called the septum. Normally with each heartbeat, the right ventricle pumps the same amount of blood into the lungs that the left ventricle pumps out into the body. Physicians commonly refer to the right atrium and right ventricle together as the right heart and to the left atrium and left ventricle as the left heart.”

Defining the heart from a medical or scientific viewpoint seems impersonal and sterile for something that has been given such great significance throughout time for everything from romance to deep personal psychological pain or yearning.

Various descriptions of feelings have been assigned to this unique organ over the course of human history. Some idioms for the heart are:

at heart
In one’s deepest feelings; fundamentally.
by heart
Learned by rote; memorized word for word.
do (one’s) heart good
To lift one’s spirits; make one happy.
from the bottom/depths of (one’s) heart
With the deepest appreciation; most sincerely.
have (one’s) heart in (one’s) mouth
To be extremely frightened or anxious.
have (one’s) heart in the right place
To be well-intentioned.
heart and soul
Completely; entirely.
in (one’s) heart of hearts
In the seat of one’s truest feelings.
lose (one’s) heart to
To fall in love with.
near/close to (one’s) heart
Loved by or important to one.
steal (someone’s) heart
To win one’s affection or love.
take to heart
To take seriously and be affected or troubled by: Don’t take my criticism to heart.
to (one’s) heart’s content
To one’s entire satisfaction, without limitation.
wear (one’s) heart on (one’s) sleeve
To show one’s feelings clearly and openly by one’s behavior.
with all (one’s) heart
1. With great willingness or pleasure.
2. With the deepest feeling or devotion.
with half a heart
In a half-hearted manner.

It is no wonder such signification of feelings has been placed on this vital piece of anatomy for the Word of God has assigned a special place of honor and meaning to the heart.

It is a place of cleansing for our spirit:

Psalm 51:10 ESV
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

A place where God searches our inner being:

Jeremiah 17:10 ESV
“I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”

Hebrews 4:12 ESV
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Proverbs 21:2 ESV
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart.

The heart can be the source of both evil and undesirable behavior:

Jeremiah 17:9 ESV
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?

Proverbs 6:14 ESV
With perverted heart devises evil, continually sowing discord;

Matthew 15:18-20
But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone.”

It is assigned the highest place of ultimate destination:

Matthew 5:8 ESV
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

It is the source of trust in God:

Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

God identifies with despair of the heart:

Psalm 34:18 ESV
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

The message is that the heart is a metaphor for everything that God stands for and mankind holds near, dear and even in fear.

While it may in fact, simply be a vital organ to sustain life, it is much more than that in the realm of defining the endless array of emotions and feelings we humans have and more importantly it stands for a direct link to the heart of God.

The Bible describes God as having a heart, and it makes sense, since we are created in His image (Genesis 1:27):

1 Samuel 13:14 (NIV)
14 But now your kingdom will not endure; the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him ruler of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.”

As the opening Bible verse describes; we must guard our heart, for everything we do flows from it and it is from the very hand of God.


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