Keep Your Heart.

Mon, 01/10/2011 - 08:54 — Carrie

  I've been thinking a lot lately about issues of the heart. Proverbs 4:23 says: "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life."

Keep thy heart. What does it mean to keep thy heart? So often in this world we are told to follow our heart. In matters of love, in matters of life, in matters of just about everything, the guiding principle is to "follow your heart." But this doesn't seem to be what this verse is saying. Keep your heart, not follow it. Don't give it free reign, but reign it in. Not to follow, but to lead. The heart is the seat of emotions. Since when is it a good idea to let yourself be led by your emotions? 

I know I've tried it before and it never seems to end well. The heart is hardly where we should be placing our trust. In fact, the Proverbs are full of verses that show how we should be using our heart.

Proverbs 14:33 - Wisdom resteth in the  heart of him that hath understanding

Proverbs 16:9 - A man's heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.

Proverbs 18:2 - A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.

Proverbs 19:21 - There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.

Proverbs 23:12 - Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.

Proverbs 23:19 - Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way.

Proverbs 23:26 - My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.

Proverbs 28:26 - He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.

Over and over again we are instructed to apply our hearts, not let our hearts apply us. In that last verse it couldn't be more clear. To give yourself over to your heart, and follow it, is to be a fool. 

So how does one go about leading their heart, rather than letting themselves be led by it? Well, for starters, know God. Delight in God. Psalm 37:4 - "Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart."

To lead your heart, and to have good desires, we need to delight in the Lord. To delight in the Lord, we need to know the Lord. To know the Lord, we need to be in His word, in prayer, and meditating on Him and His scriptures. Funny how it always comes back to that. Smile




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