A Perfect Heart

A Perfect Heart

By Mark Totilo

A Perfect Heart by Mark Totilo

Last weeks study, “Tune Up Or Be Tuned Out,” we discussed what happens when slothfulness sets in. The weeds, thorns and thistles grow up and break down the walls. This week’s study, “A Perfect Heart,” shows us how to keep our lives pruned and fruitful.

 

2 Chronicles 16:9  For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.

 

In my journey from one end of the bible to the other my daily reading dropped this little gem in to my path. Initially when I read the passage my immediate interpretation was that God is looking for a flawless person, who does every thing right and doesn’t make mistakes. Buzzer sound inserted here. Game show host says, “Wrong! Thanks for playing.” How many were driven away from the the faith because they believed that they could never measure up or have a perfect heart in God’s eyes because of the misinterpretation of this simple word?

 

The English translation of the Hebrew word does an injustice to the word and does not properly interpret the word, perfect. Webster’s dictionary defines perfect, as entirely without fault or defect, flawless. That’s not what the Hebrew word for perfect says. The word Shalem (Strongs #8003) means to be complete, safe, peaceful or full. The word Shalem is always coupled with heart when used in scripture.

 

The two words don’t even resemble each other. Because of this gross misrepresentation we have placed an unrealistic expectation on ourselves to reach for. We relegate ourselves to the back of the bus and don’t walk in victory because our faults limit us in our own minds. We do not see ourselves as having perfect hearts.

 

A perfect heart is one who becomes mature in the things of Yahweh. David is a great example for this. Did David live a flawless life? Did he do everything perfectly, according to Webster’s definition? Did David have defects? The answer would be no to all of the above. According to the bible, David was called a man after God’s own heart. He had a perfect heart.

 

After Saul had disobeyed Yahweh, Samuel tells Saul that he has appointed a man after His own heart. A man like David who had a perfect heart.

 

1 Samuel 13:14  But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee.

 

While looking over Jesse’s son’s to see who would be king over Israel, Yahweh said this to Samuel.

 

1 Samuel 16:7  But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

 

The heart is what Yahweh when he needs someone to send to accomplish His will in the earth. David, youngest of the bunch, was God’s man because he chose to walk in the ways of the Lord. He sought and loved Yahweh with all his heart as is reflected in the numerous amount of Psalms he wrote in worship to Yahweh.

 

Several weeks ago I did a talk called “Don’t Burn Up Your Tires,” in that that talked I mentioned about how we should keep our eyes on the real threats instead of perceived threats. Yes we should stay on guard for external potential threats. Our main focus needs to stand guard on the walls of our own heart

 

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

 

Hebrew Word for KEEP: 5341 natsar {naw-tsar’} Meaning: to guard, watch, watch over, keep, to preserve, guard from dangers, keep secret, be blockaded, to be a watchman.

 

Hebrew Word for DILIGENCE: 4929  mishmar {mish-mawr’} Meaning:  a place of confinement, prison, guard, jail, guard post, watch, observance

 

Hebrew Word for ISSUES: 8444  towtsa’ah {to-tsaw-aw’} or ha’c’To totsa’ah {to-tsaw-aw’} Meaning:   border, a going out, extremity, end, source, source (of life), escape (from death)

 

We are being told in this passage to be like a sentry over the borders of our heart and only to let those things pass through that brings us life and to expel those things that bring death.

 

Yeshua gives us a way to discern whether a heart is properly protected or if the walls have been compromised. All we have to do is listen to what comes out of the mouth to know the state of a person’s heart.

 

Luke 6:45  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.

 

In this passage we get the how to move our hearts toward maturity and perfection.

 

1 Kings 8:61   Let your heart therefore be perfect with the LORD our God, to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this day.

 

In the epistle of John we are told what not walking in His statutes and keeping His commands is called.

 

1 John 3:4  Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

 

Solomon, the wisest man to ever live should have listened to some of his own wisdom, because he perfectly illustrates what happens when a heart ceases to be perfect.

 

1 Kings 11:4  For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father.

 

Solomon turned his heart away from Yahweh and became a servant and worshipped other gods. He did not keep and stand guard over the borders of his heart. David his father, who had a perfect heart, instructed him to pursue Yahweh with a perfect heart, so that he would be blessed forever.

 

1 Chronicles 28:9  And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.

 

To have a perfect heart requires effort and actively standing a diligent watch over the borders of your heart. You must be prepared to go to war with an enemy with out prejudice to purge those things that would compromise your territory.

 

About the Author: Mark Totilo is a writer, video and audio producer, bible teacher and owner of Professional Communications. He is a US Navy veteran, trained as an Electronics Technician and in NBC warfare. Mark has recently released his first novel, Double Salute and has published articles in christian national sports magazine, such as Sports Spectrum and Sharing the Victory. He also writes a blog about the United States Navy and can be found at Blog.MarkTotilo.com.

 

 

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