Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart. Psalm 51:6
The heart. It is the center, the core. I lived most of my life “deep in the heart of Texas”. As a child at camp I sang that I had the love of Jesus down in my heart. We talk about the heart of the matter. If someone is charitable, they have a good heart. If something tragic happens, it breaks our heart. If I don’t want to do something , it is because my heart just isn’t in it. And I love to eat artichoke hearts – the tender part protectively buried beneath the outer armor of bristles and spiked leaves.
It took me a long time to realize the reason I can “hear” God’s voice and know it is different from my own thoughts is because He doesn’t speak through my brain. His Spirit speaks through my heart. When I tried to learn to play the piano (which was not successful) one of the first tunes was Heart and Soul – better if played as a duet. I think that purposely designed. Our inner hearts are part of our souls and that is where the Creator touches us. There is a song that says there is a God shaped hole in all of us. I know that hole in in our spiritual inner heart- the center of our souls. That’s the secret heart that the Psalm talks about.
His whisperings of Truth penetrate our inner being and oozes up into our thoughts, our actions and our prayers. Whether it comes from Scripture, a timely word of a friend, a stirring deep inside of us, a revelation through circumstances, or an observation of His creative mastery in the world around us, when God speaks, we should all take it to heart. After all, He gave His heart, and mind and body up for us so we could claim that privilege.