He heals the wounds of every shattered heart.Psalms 147:3 (TPT)
Have you ever experienced a broken heart? What did that feel like? I imagine it affected you not just emotionally, but affected your ability to think and make decisions, and probably caused a knot in the pit of your stomach. Thinking about our hearts this way helps us understand the way heart is used in scripture.
Another way of putting it is our mind, will, and emotions, but it is more. One translation calls our heart the wellspring of life.
There are so many verses on this subject, how he looks on the heart, how he searches the heart, and the conditions of the heart, but I feel loved and protected reading this next verse.
And the peace of God… will guard your heart… in Christ Jesus.From Philippians 4:7 (ESV)
To God, guarding our heart is so important that he sent Jesus to help us. In the Old Testament, we were charged with guarding our hearts above all else.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)
If you look closely at the picture above you can see that the heart is protected, or guarded, by angel wings and resting in the palm of a hand. When I saw the picture, I knew it was the one I would use. It reminds me that I have a loving Father and heavenly protection, and that is reassuring. For in today’s world I am thankful that I am not alone in this task of guarding my heart. I can “wholly lean on Jesus name.”
You can, too.
Grace & Peace,