To Know Your Heart

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9-10

It is ten o’clock at night and quiet muffles our house. A clock strike upstairs, the tick of another on the study wall, and through the open slider filters an occasional nightsound of animal and of wind. Other than that, I hear nothing. The day is done and when I finish here I will go to bed and to sleep.

But first, this heart business. Intermittently through this day,  I’ve thought of my heart. My heart. Not the thumping one set behind bone and skin. The other one. The invisible one. The one that counts. Uhmm…the one God notices.

It’s a wicked thing. Yours…mine…everyone’s. Wicked. Very wicked. Jeremiah used the term “desperately wicked.”

It’s deceitful, too. Tricky, sneaky, and twisted. Quite often my heart flings up a dark cloak so that it can get on with its deceit and wickedness. It conceals things and seeks out dark corners and black crevices. That’s my heart I’m talking about…and your heart.

Frustrated no doubt at the squirminess and inkiness of his heart, Jeremiah tosses out the question: “Who can know it?”

Who can know it, indeed? I try to know my heart, try to penetrate its secret and less than stellar ways. I probe and dig around, but to be honest, sometimes I’m not happy with what I find, and I know Jeremiah was onto something when he proclaims…”it’s a wicked, unknowable thing…this heart.”

It’s easy for me to note the oozing sin and wild imperfections in the chamber of another’s heart. With superior ability I seem capable of discerning erratic beats and flawed function in that beating organ of another’s, but of my own, I do not know.

God Himself speaks to the question…that question of the ages: Who can know the heart? Distinctly and forcefully, He announces what is at once frightening and comforting,  “I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins…”

With His infinite wisdom and unfathomable resources, God searches our hearts. He pulls up issues, delves into problems, reveals dirty angles and dusty rooms, finds secret chambers and opens closed off places.

It’s nearly eleven now and quiet here. A good time and a good place to submit to God as He thoroughly searches out my heart and tries my reins. Think I’ll close with some beautiful words that David prayed, kind of let God know how I feel about this heart business.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a right spirit within me.” Ps 51:10

And you? How’s your heart? Have you let God do any searching in there lately? Any reins tried?


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About Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 78 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She has been married to Jerry for 60 years. They have 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)
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7 Responses to To Know Your Heart

  1. writeathome says:

    Psalm 51:10 is a Scripture I do pray sometimes but probably not enough. Even with the Holy Ghost, it seems so easy for our hearts to be led astray, but I’m glad God is patient and He does deal with us about our hearts in many ways. (the preaching of His Word, our conscience, prayer, etc.) The amazing thing is that even with our “heart condition”, He still loves us and is constantly reaching for us! Thank you for this post. Love you.

  2. Joe says:

    I’m reading Jeremiah now and stopped at this verse a few days ago. I’ve made a real effort recently to take inventory of what’s going on in my own heart instead of wondering about others…not always easy to do and impossible without the work of the Holy Spirit.

    “Who can know it, indeed?” – thank you for sharing this today 🙂

  3. Shirley says:

    Carol–that prayer of David’s is the song of my heart. Please God, create in me a clean heart. I do want to be righteous and pure, scraping out any imperfections that may have crept inside me, any taint of the world, through which we are forced to walk.

    You’re right, though, and it cheers me. God loves us, despite our heart conditions.

    Will I see you at camp meeting in a few weeks?

  4. Shirley says:

    Hello, Joe.

    How do you feel about God searching your heart? At times I’ve heard people say (usually in a defensive mode), “Well, God knows my heart.”

    Another time I heard a preacher refer to this statement. He added, “Yes, God knows my heart…and it scares me to death.”

    I’m afraid I live there also. Ashamed of my shortcomings, but happy to have God holding my reins and searching my heart.

    God’s blessings on you.

  5. Do you think our thoughts and minds are led around by our hearts or viseversa?So if our hearts and assentially evil,if we push enough good thoughts and dwell on lovely things it can transform us.Is it all an effort to make a transformation?Will it work out so we can be the kind and loving people we want to be?Just doin some searching.Thanks for your blog I really enjoyed it.

  6. Shirley says:

    Hi, Patrice–

    Welcome to my blog. Hope you visit often.

    I believe when the Word of God speaks of the heart, it is referring to our mind–the innermost part of us. I think it would be hard to separate our thoughts, minds and heart.

    Thinking on lovely things is a good thing–scripture tells us to do that, but that alone is not enough to clean up our heart. We must have it washed clean by the blood of Jesus Christ.

    You’re on the right track, for we all must want to do right in order to do so. Peter addressed the people on the day of Pentecost who asked what they should do, with this response:

    “Repent and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

    God’s spirit is what takes care of our heart problems and turns us into the kind and loving people we want to be.

    Please return. I want to talk more with you.

  7. woundedlily says:

    Phil. 4:8 Goes along with the verses in Jermiah as a good indicator of where we are spiritually.

    I desire a deeper relationship with God.

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