Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Word Study Wednesday- Define Heart Link Up

This week's word study on the word heart is branching off of my word study last week about the word rib. Gina at A Cherished Keeper is hosting these Word Study Wednesdays. Be sure to check out her post, too!


This is another little word that has a lot to offer. It gives me some things to think about, that's for certain.

Defining the word heart (Researching):
Webster's 1828 Dictionary

2. The inner part of any thing; the middle part or interior; as the heart of a country, kingdom or empire; the heart of a town; the heart of a tree.

3. The chief part; the vital part; the vigorous or efficacious part.

4. The seat of the affections and passions, as of love, joy, grief, enmity, courage, pleasure &c.

6. The seat of the understanding; as an understanding heart.
We read of men wise in heart, and slow of heart.

7. The seat of the will; hence, secret purposes, intentions or designs. There are many devices in a man's heart. The heart of kings is unsearchable. The Lord tries and searches the heart. David had it in his heart to build a house of rest for the ark.

Sometimes heart is used for the will, or determined purpose.

The heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. Eccles.8.

9. Courage; spirit; as, to take heart; to give heart; to recover heart.

10. Secret thoughts; recesses of the mind.

Michal saw king David leaping and dancing before the Lord, and she despised him in her heart. 2 Sam.6.

15. The utmost degree.

To speak to one's heart, in Scripture, to speak kindly to; to comfort; to encourage.

Defining My Underlined Words:
SEAT, n. [L. sedes, situs.]

3. Mansion; residence; dwelling; abode;

4. Site; situation.

8. The place where a thing is settled or established. 

Seeing What the Bible says about the word heart (Researching):

The Heart is Central: 
"Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life." Proverbs 4:23

6" Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God."
7 "And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7

We are to love God with all of our hearts.
"And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might." Deuteronomy 6:5

If we really want to know God, we need to have a desire to know Him. Jeremiah 29:13
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart."

The Will:
"My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever." Psalm 73:26

It Is Revealed By the Mouth:
A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

It Will Be Captured One Way or Another:
"My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways." Proverbs 23:26

"Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.
For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.
For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.
He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live." Proverbs 4:1-4

 "Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths." Proverbs 7:25

It Can Be Cleansed:
 "Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me." Psalm 51:10

Application (Reason and Relate):
Considering all of the aspects relating to the heart, it truly is the inner part of any thing. It is a dwelling place for good and for evil. All issues of life flow from it; but God is the strength of my heart despite struggles I may have. When I go to Him in prayer I will receive peace and He will hold my heart [keep it] in custody for security; He will preserve it from falling or from danger.

I see how it walks hand-in-hand with the tongue and I am reminded that if I am having a heart issue, I especially need to bridle my tongue.

Its purpose goes far beyond pumping blood and oxygen through my system. God also created it with the purpose of entrusting it to Him; to seek Him, to desire to know Him, and to love Him with all of it. He wants me to give Him my heart and to retain His words.

It contains secret thoughts; recesses of the mind and He wants me to go to Him for a pure heart.

May we each remember to daily honor God with our hearts.



  1. This is great, Heather. I noticed I cannot find how to "like" your facebook page from your blog. Where do I do that?

    1. Hi Gina,
      I'm in the process of figuring out how to add the facebook widget to my blog. Hopefully it'll be up this weekend. :)