The Biblical Heart

Psalm 4:4

“Meditate in your heart upon your bed and be still.” (NAS)
“Commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.” (Scofield)
“Lie quietly upon your bed in silent meditation.“ (TLB)

I decided I wanted to learn more about the heart, so I dug out my concordance, and made some notes:

Toward evening, Isaac meditated in his heart, alone in the field, away from the crowd of his clan, close to nature and God. (Genesis 24:63)

“The righteous man meditates in the law of the Lord day and night.” (Psalm 1:2 – emphasis mine)

Psalm 19:14 is a plea that “the meditation of my heart” be acceptable in God’s sight.

The heart in Old Testament culture referred to desire and the mind.
God looks at the heart.

The heart is where sin and deceit originates.

The heart should be understanding, wholly devoted and serving, clean, broken and contrite, a treasure house for God’s Word, joyful, pure, gentle, humble and sincere.

God knows the secrets of the heart, can create a clean heart, and will not ignore a contrite and broken heart.

The heart affects body and mind (a joyful heart is good medicine).

Mary pondered in her heart and treasured things.

The disciples were pierced to the heart.

With the heart man believes.

Christ dwells in our hearts.

The heart and mind are to be guarded.

The Lord directs our hearts.

The heart has thoughts and intentions; experiences and produces emotions and states of being.

According to a Bible dictionary, the heart is the seat of the intellect (thoughts and intentions), the feelings (comfort), and the will (seeking). The heart is the innermost being (pierced). The heart is the whole moral nature of fallen man (deceitful).

I have no idea what a God so loving would want with my heart, but He does want it. He wanted it so much He sent His only Son to die on the cross for my sins so that my heart can be made pure for Him and for heaven. So I think for Valentine’s Day, I’ll work on meditating in my heart and allowing God more room to work His love in it and through it.

No one on earth loves us like God loves us!


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