Weekly Proverb–Give the Lord your Heart
(26) My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.
In this proverb, God addresses His desire for every one of his children: “My son, give me thine heart…”. The Hebrew word used for heart here is leb. Let’s take a look at some definitions really quickly:
לֵב lēḇ; a form of 3824; the heart; also used (figuratively) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect;
Based on the Hebrew, the word heart in this verse literally means the feelings, emotions, will, and intellect of the individual. Thus, when God says, “give me thine heart”, He is saying give me all of you: your feelings, emotions, will (direction in life), and your intellect (mind). God wants all of you.
Secondly, we realize that this is not the first time that God has issued a commandment for Christians to give Him their hearts. Deuteronomy 6:5 reads likewise,
(5) And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
When the Bible says that we should love the LORD thy God with ALL thine heart, it means to love God so much that every facet of your being is surrendered to His Will and Purpose. We should not abide in our own strength, but in His strength. We should not rest on the power of our flesh, but on the power of the Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ. We should not become haughty in our own talents and abilities, but rather we should be humble knowing that we have a great God in Heaven who saved us from a Devil’s Hell.
Another reason why God wants our heart is because he wants to keep our hearts. This command is first given in Proverbs and fulfilled in Philippians:
(23) Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
(7) And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
The Bible makes it clear that all of life’s problems have their root in either our emotions, our will, or our intellect. When we don’t surrender our hearts to the Lord, we are bound to go astray on a dreadful path towards sin and death. Even for those who are saved, not surrendering your entire being to God can lead to you becoming ineffective for the cause of Christ. Jesus warned:
(18) But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
(19) For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
Based on these verses, we see that almost every sin comes forth from our emotions, will, and intellect just like Proverbs says. Jesus said that these evil things that come forth from the heart, “…they defile the man.” In order for us not to be defiled, we must give our hearts to the Lord and give Him complete sovereignty and control over our emotions, will, and intellect.
Back in Proverbs 23, the Hebrew word used for the word “give” is natan, which means to commit, yield, assign, appoint, or deliver. Thus, God is saying that we should yield and commit our emotions, will, and intellect to God. How we do this? Through dying to self daily in prayer. We cannot be fully surrendered to God until we have died to our flesh and its desires.
1 Corinthians 15:31
(31) I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.
(22) That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
After we have died to self and put off the old man and surrendered our hearts to God, we need to “…let thine eyes observe my ways”. The Hebrew used for observe in this verse means to accomplish obedience, or simply to obey. Thus, God is saying that not only do we need to give Him our hearts, we need to obey his ways (commandments).
How we do obey his commandments? First, we must read and memorize His Word:
(9) BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
(10) With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.
(11) Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Second, we must seek God with our whole hearts by prevailing in prayer,
(2) Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
Even when we are prevailing in prayer, we still must “seek him with the whole heart”; our entire being must be surrendered to God before we can observe his ways.
Third, we must ask God for strength to help us live out his commandments; we must desire to live pure:
(25) Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
(26) Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
(27) Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.
Psalms 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.
Finally, when we give the Lord our hearts and observe His ways, God promises us that we will understand Him and His lovingkindness more and more:
(43) Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.
(9) Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.
More to come later this week…God bless…