“I, the Lord, search the heart; I test the most secret places.”

 

Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4. 

Heart, leb; Strong’s #3820. Heart, intellect, awareness, mind, inner person, inner feelings, deepest thoughts, inner self. The Hebrew concept of “Heart” is similar to our concept in English. Heart herein means not only the physical organ (2 Kings 9:24) as well as a person’s inner yearnings (Ps. 37:4).

One of the greatest occurrences of leb is in Deuteronomy 6:5, which commands Israel to love the Lord “with all your heart.” Jesus placed a great emphasis on this sentence; in Mark 12:29,30,  Jesus answered him, “The foremost of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one.  ‘And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ …”

Jeremiah17:9, 10 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and is desperately wicked (incurably sick, hence Jeremiah 24:7) Who can know it? I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind (most secret place); even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.”

The heart is declared the most deceitful thing in the world, but verse 10 declares that the Lord is still able to sort out and analyze what lies within the heart.  Just a word of caution for all of us, this searching in the O.T. is still valid in the N.T. see Revelation 2:23. …”I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And will give to each one of you according to your works.”

Tomorrow will cover the N.T. word for heart.

 

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Nov 28, 2012 @ 03:52:11

    A deep definition, Manny. One would expect no different from the Word of God. Looking forward the the greek word for heart.

    Reply

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