He was the youngest of eight children, a shepherd, an unaccountable warrior (in the worlds eyes) at first, a soldier, a musician, a poet, husband, father, and a King. There are two disciples mentioned in the Word of God that were given “names” as attributes to their character at heart that I’ve always longed for. One was John – the Disciple whom Yeshua (Jesus) loved. David – the one known as – A man after Gods own heart. David is the man listed at the beginning. He was famous for his shepherding skills, warrior skills, an affair – (but more to the point his repentant heart – after), his reign as King of Israel and how God blessed him, a continuation of a promise from God in the lineage of a Messiah, and Psalms. The word, heart, is found up to 122 times in this book, more than any other book in the Word. Listen to what Adonai (the Lord) said to Samuel when he was sent to look for a king for Israel. Samuel has arrived at David’s family’s house and has requested to see Jesse’s sons. Seven have been brought out and Eliab has made an impression on Samuel.
1 Samuel 16:6 – 7
When they had come, he looked at Eli’av (Eliab) and said, “This has to be Adonai’s (the Lord’s) anointed one, here before him.” But Adonai said to Sh’mu’el (Samuel), “Don’t pay attention to how he looks or how tall he is, because I have rejected him. Adonai doesn’t see the way humans see – humans look at the outward appearance, but Adonai looks at the heart.”
Adonai then picks David :-). From Gods own mouth He chose David for his heart. God also chose David for HIS (Gods) heart! Two hearts were the key to David’s choosing – God’s and David’s. The purpose?? Our hearts. Adonai knew we’d need David – a human born from the flesh of man alone (like us) with a heart for God. Then He sent Yeshua (Jesus) – a man born of His Spirit and flesh with a heart for God ALONE.
I urge you in your own time to look up every reference to the heart in Psalms – as I can not cover them all here. Keep in mind all the “things” the heart is – listed in Part 1. If you cover all the different ways to say heart – the references in Psalms to the heart far outnumber 122 times! David knew the key to hearing God’s Voice and where the strength came from to serve that Voice – the heart.
Psalm 16:7-11 (Emphasis mine and ties in all 4 parts of this series)
I bless Adonai, my counselor; at night my inmost being instructs me. I always set Adonai before me; with him at my right hand, I can never be moved; so my heart is glad, my glory rejoices, and my body too rests in safety; for you will not abandon me to Sh’ol, you will not let your faithful one see the Abyss. You make me know the path of life; in your presence is unbounded joy, in your right hand eternal delight.
You probed my heart, you visited me at night, you assayed me without finding evil thoughts that should not pass my lips.
Who can discern unintentional sins? Cleanse me from hidden faults. Also keep your servant from presumptuous sins, so that they won’t control me. Then I will be blameless and free of great offense. May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be acceptable in your presence, Adonai, my Rock and Redeemer.
I lift my inner being to you, Adonai.
Examine me, Adonai, test me, search my mind and my heart. (Notice the mind is not the heart)
“My heart said of you, ‘Seek my face.'” Your face, Adonai, I will seek.
Adonai is my strength and shield; in him my heart trusted, and I have been helped. Therefore my heart is fill with joy, and I will sing praises to him.
My mouth is about to speak wisdom; my heart’s deepest thoughts will give understanding.
My soul waits in silence for God alone; my salvation comes from him.
My soul, wait in silence for God alone, because my hope comes from him.
My safety and honor rest on God. My strong rock of refuge are in God. Trust in him, people, at all times; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.
O God, you are my God; I will seek you eagerly. My heart thirst for you, my body longs for you in a land parched and exhausted, where no water can be found.
my heart clings to you; your right hand supports me.
Oh yes, David knew Yeshua well before He was “born” here on earth. David’s heart is written in the pages of Gods Word so that we could SEE – that if He could be heard before He was given a “human voice box” – He can be heard after He has come, died, risen and ascended back to where He was heard before by David, Samuel, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Jeremiah, Isaiah, and the list goes on and on. God makes every heart…
Adonai looks out from heaven; he sees every human being; from the place where he lives he watches everyone living on earth, he who fashioned the hearts of them all and understands all they do.
…He makes them for one purpose and one alone – to seek Him! To be loved, led, fed, and taught by Him and Him alone. That is the purpose for which we have been made (our function – good). He, alone, is where the heart is. We must invite Him there and seek Him.
You will build a house for the Lord your God in and of yourself. he will be the craftsman, your heart the site, your thoughts the materials. Do not take fright because of your own lack of skill; he who requires this of you is a skillful builder, and he chooses others to be builders too. ~ Hugh of St. Victor (1096-1141) German-born monk and writer.
Where the Heart Is? ~ Part 5 ~ coming soon 🙂
Grace and Peace in Yeshua the Messiah
Thoughts to Ponder ~ 8 ~
Detach yourself from the love of the multitude lest your enemy question your spirit and trouble your inner peace. ~ Doulas ~
A friend is long sought, hardly found and with difficulty kept. ~ Jerome ~
The friendship that can cease has never been real. ~ Jerome ~
It is a candid and ingenuous kind of confession that praises in others what is wanting in oneself. ~ Jerome ~
Pay attention to the reading of the words of Scripture, in order to learn from them how to be with God. ~ John of Apamea ~
I was like a stone lying deep in mud but he that is mighty lifted me up and placed me on top of the wall. ~ Patrick ~
I pray that we may be found worthy to be cursed, censured, and ground down, and even put to death in the name of Jesus Christ, so long as Christ himself is not put to death in us. ~ Paulinus of Nola ~
Christ is born so that by his birth he might restore our nature. He became a child, was fed and grew so that he might bring in the one perfect age to remain forever as he created it. He holds mankind up so that they may no longer fall. The creature he formed of earth he now makes heavenly. ~ Peter Chrysologus ~
Send, O Christ, the Spirit, send the Father to my soul; steep my dry heart in this dew, the best of all your gifts. ~ Synesisus ~
Be thou a bright flame before me, Be thou a guiding star above me, Be thou a smooth path below me, Be thou a kindly shepherd behind me, Today – tonight – and for ever. ~ Columba ~
The virtue of innocence is regarded as foolishness by the wise of this world. Anything done out of innocence they doubtless consider stupid; and whatever is approved by truth, by the worldly wise will be called folly. ~ Gregory the Great ~
Faith has no merit where human reason supplies the truth. ~ Gregory the Great ~
My dear son, when you receive a letter from a friend, you should not hesitate to embrace it as a friend. It is a great consolation for friends who are apart, that a letter can be embraced in the absence of its beloved writer. ~ Isidore of Seville ~
The demons say one thing to get us into sin, and another to overwhelm us in despair. ~ John Climacus ~
Right at the beginning of our converse with God, as we stand before him, would that we would use the humble words of the blessed patriarch Abraham: “See, I have begin to speak in the Lord’s presence, I who am but dust and ashes!” ~ Martyrius Sahdona ~
There is a new wonder in heaven and on earth: God is on earth and man is in heaven. ~ Thalassios the Libyan ~
If you share secretly in the joy of someone you envy, you will be freed from your jealousy; and you will also be freed from your jealousy if you keep silent about the person you envy. ~ Thalassios the Libyan ~
God is a sea of infinite substance. ~ John of Damascus ~
Grant us, Lord, to cling to you, not in our outward beings but in our hidden selves, and may we follow you until we behold your face. ~ John the Elder of Dalyatha ~
No wise man wants a soft life. ~ Alfred ~
The only One who can hold our feet to the fire of Truth without us burning in effigy is Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ). Because I love the Truth – I think I will trust Him. ~ Lisa VanValkenburgh ~
Words can be weapons. Words can be gifts. Lord I pray for Your wisdom to wrap those I speak rather than load them. ~ Lisa VanValkenburgh ~
You shouldn’t be forced by someone to give up what gives your heart pleasure and Adonai’s heart pleasure too: Acts of kindness, encouragement, and teaching especially when not received well – He counts three times: 1) for doing 2) for not reacting with bitterness 3) for determining to repeat it. ~ Quote from Donita K. Paul‘s – Dragon Quest Series Books ~
What would it be like?
To have never known jealousy?
To have never known impatience, or irritability or complacency?
To have never seen anger as a demon; or heard a sarcastic tone that left its mark on the soul?
What would I be like?
If I saw Angels in amongst us everywhere I looked?
If I heard the Voice of God surround the wicked and the crooked?
If I could not discern hatred or envy or strife
If the only thing that registered was the Way, the Truth, the Life
What would my life now be?
If my heart never felt as breaking?
But took the hits and called it love;
In the Christ-like me, in the making
If it never knew the winds of doubt or never shook with fear
If it never wanted to protect itself
Or never emptied of His grace and shame just disappeared
If it had no concept of condemning guilt;
or never felt a selfish hand to touch or bend its way.
If only Gods completeness bled thru its life-force pump each day.
“These things are true”, He says to me, “Now live as if it is.”
“No weapon formed against you shall stand.”
“Hear My Voice, and come follow Me and I’ll lead you to this ‘land’.”
~ 2011 ~ Lisa VanValkenburgh
Recap: In Part 1 – we looked into the physical heart and then studied a little about the definitions to the word heart in the languages the original text was written. In Part 2 – we contrasted the significance of blood to the heart both physical and spiritual. In both we can see that function in the physical is a representation of the spiritual. We see that because, what functions now in the physical, is dysfunctional because of sin – and that God‘s Word is pointing to a fully functional world in Him, because of Him. That we can experience the essence of function even here in a dysfunctional world. It starts with, ends with, and depends on our hearts. Lets look at specifically where and what Yeshua (Jesus) said about the heart.
“You snakes! How can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what overflows from the heart.”
Luke 6:45 – Yeshua (Jesus) speaking
“The good person produces food things from the store of good in his heart, while the evil person produces evil things from the store of evil in his heart. For his mouth speaks what overflows from his heart.”
So the mouth is focused in on here by Yeshua (Jesus)…Why? Here again is a physical thing but He is using it as a spiritual representation of the heart.
Its worth noting here: the proper English interpretation of the Hebrew Yeshua (Jesus) spoke in of the words good and evil are: good – function and evil – dysfunction. So good here means something that works within its intended purpose. Likewise evil means something that does not function within its intended purpose.
Now lets look at the mouth. It has two basic purposes. 1) to eat – consuming nutrition for the whole body. 2) to speak – to communicate the needs, wants, and desires of the body it represents. If we cease to eat our whole body will start to become dysfunctional. If we eat too much the same thing happens. If we never speak; confessing our errors and weaknesses, asking for prayer and forgiveness, stating clearly what we can and cannot do, speaking truth into lies (both to ourselves and others), speaking words of love, kindness, concern, and encouragement, correcting verbally our children and others in love and teaching the functional ways to live; then our hearts become dysfunctional and this effects our bodies and the “body” (fellowman) God places us in too.
Mark 7:18-23 – Yeshua (Jesus) speaking – Emphasis mine
He replied to them, “So you too are without understanding? Don’t you see that nothing going into a person from outside can make him unclean? For it doesn’t go into his heart but his stomach, and it passes out into the latrine.” (thus He declared all foods ritually clean) “It is what comes out of a person, ” he went on, “That makes him unclean. For from within, out of a person’s heart, come forth wicked thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, indecency, envy, slander, arrogance, foolishness…all these wicked things come from within, and they make a person unclean.” (and/or dysfunctional)
One of the Torah (Law)-teachers came up and heard them engaged in this discussion. Seeing that Yeshua (Jesus) answered them well, he asked Him, “Which is the most important mitzvah (commandment – principle for living) of them all?” Yeshua (Jesus) answered, “The most important is, Sh’ma Yisra’el, Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai echad. (Here, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one) and you are to love Adonai your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your understanding and with all your strength.”
These words – speaking about the heart – come straight from Yeshua’s (Jesus’) mouth, and were spoken for the function and purpose of our hearts. Look back on part 1 – SEE that the word heart in the Bibles we read are often interpreted as soul, understanding and strength. He said the word heart first and reinforced the meaning of it with all the others! Now ask yourself: if from the mouth comes what dwells within the heart…what was in the heart of Yeshua (Jesus) by what we heard/hear come from HIS mouth?
Where the Heart Is? – Part 4 – coming soon 🙂
Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah