Have you ever said, or heard someone say something like, ‘You know the Lord looks at the heart?’ What in the world does this mean? Why does the Lord look at the heart? What does he see when he analyzes my heart? What answers are provided for him with that inspection? Also, we need to learn to analyze our own hearts. If we are created in the image of God, then we too can look on the heart. Let’s begin by reading the passage that tells us that the Lord indeed looks on the heart.

by Delbert Young

The Lord Looks At What?

Issues of the Heart

The Lord Looks At What?

Scriptures: 1 Samuel 16:7, Acts 13:22, Proverbs 4:23, Proverbs 23:6-7, Luke 4:18

In today’s lesson I want to look at four issues the Lord looks upon as the Lord analyzes the heart. There are more, but we will mention these today.

I. Destiny

II. Issues

III. Thoughts

IV. Broken Heart

I. Destiny

1 Samuel 16:1, 6-12; Acts 13:22

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.

Acts 13:22 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.

The context of 1 Samuel chapter sixteen is the Lord had rejected Saul as king over his people. He sent the prophet Samuel to Bethlehem to the sons of Jesse. At Bethlehem, Samuel would anoint a new king. When Samuel arrived, he was extremely impressed by one of Jesse’s sons named Eliab. Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him, said Samuel. Perhaps Samuel was in motion preparing to lay hands on Eliab and pour the oil upon him. It was at that moment the Lord spoke to Samuel. 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. Samuel did a few uuhh’s and stammers then looked around at the rest of Jesse’s boys. One by one the Lord disqualified them, not because of their outward appearance, but because of their hearts. Samuel asked, Are here all thy children? Jesse said he had one more son. That son was the youngest and had been left to keep the sheep. Samuel said to go get him. After a while in walked David. The King James Version says, Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. The Hebrew word translated ruddy is ‘admoniy (Strong’s #0132) and means reddish of the hair or the complexion. This was a little different from the appearance of Israelites. David either had a reddish complexion or red hair or both. His features were handsome and David was pleasant to look upon. The Lord said, Rise and anoint him; he is the one. Samuel must have said to himself, “I thought we were looking for somebody ugly. No Samuel. Because a person has a heart for God does not mean they should be ugly. Neither does an attractive person necessarily have a heart for God. Get beyond the outward appearance and see the heart. But, what does that mean?

Before we leave the passage about David, let’s be real or realistic because David was real. We know much about David’s life. David was by no means perfect. He was a killer. He was a murderer. He was an adulterer. He took another man’s wife. He had tremendous family problems. He had multiple marriages. Still, God said that David was a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. The difference between David and Eliab or Abinadab or Shammah or Saul or anyone else of that day was their hearts. It was not that they would mess up and David would not. It was that when David messed up, he would continue to fulfill the will of God. The Lord saw David’s destiny and potential. It’s not how much we mess up. It’s will we fulfill his will? It’s not how pretty or ugly we outwardly appear. It’s will we fulfill his will? The heart determines this. God can look at the heart and see our destiny. He can see what we will fulfill.

God did not anoint David because David was perfect or pretty. God anointed David because of his heart! Let’s make a few points about David’s heart before we move on.

Destiny begins at a young age

First, David was a very young boy. The heart issues begin early in life. Greatness or failure becomes a destiny when young. We train a child when the child is young. The Hebrew word translated child in Proverbs 22:6 is na`ar (Strong’s #5288) meaning from the age of infancy to adolescence. Once they reach adolescence there is little training that can be accomplished. David was a young child, but he was already great in his heart.

Destiny determines our worlds

Another truth is we are prone to become consumed with what is happening around us. The outward appearance is often overpowering. Saul had been rejected. David was selected because of his heart. David would not allow what was happening around him to change him. Instead, David changed the things around him because of what was in David’s heart. Destiny changes our worlds. As greatness is developed in the heart, the life becomes great. As greatness is developed in the heart, the marriage becomes great. As greatness is developed in the heart, the children become great. As greatness is developed in the heart, my work becomes great. I am limited only by my heart. We need to train ourselves to be as the Lord and to look at the heart. Why? The heart contains the issues of life. We need to look at the heart.


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

(NIV) PRO 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.

(NRS) PRO 4:23 Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.

How is your heart condition? In the natural, we all have a heart condition. Our heart is in good condition or not so good condition. In the natural that condition determines what we can physically accomplish. The heart determines the quality of our physical life. So is it in the spiritual. We all have a heart condition. Some hearts are good and some are not so good. The condition of the heart is deciding the life that we each live.








Your future is in your heart. Out of the heart come all the issues of life. Our failures and successes are in our heart. Every relationship you have comes out of your heart. Your finances come out of your heart. Your work, your carrier, your destiny comes out of your heart. Everything we are and everything we do flows out of our heart. That is why the Lord instructs us to guard (NIV) and keep (KJV) our hearts. It holds our destinies. It determines the quality of life we experience.

The Hebrew word for keep (KJV) or guard is natsar (Strong’s #5341). The word means to guard and protect and maintain. The thought and picture is that we must build a fortress around our hearts. We do everything possible to protect our heart. Then we maintain our hearts. A good heart requires regular maintenance. We could use the analogy of the natural heart. Of all the bodies organs, the heart is the one that must be most protected. For the body to live, it must have the heart. Also, the heart must be maintained. When something goes wrong with the heart, it must be corrected.

So it is in the spiritual. In many today, here is the problem. So many believers go through life with a broken heart or a defected heart. In the realm of the spirit, we have leaky valves and clogged arteries. I constantly hear heart murmurs and observe heart attacks. It is because the heart has not been guarded and maintained.

The reason is because all the issues of life come out of the heart. What we are or what we do not become is because of the heart. Who we marry comes out of the heart. How we raise our children comes out of the heart. How we operate our finances comes out of the heart. Where we work, the way we orchestrate our marriages, where we attend church, our relationships, every issue of life comes from the heart.


Proverbs 23:6 Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats:

Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.

Thinketh in his heart – When the Lord looks at the heart, he analyzes the way we think.

We see that our heart contains the way we think. If we learn to analyze our heart, we can eliminate the need for psychiatric counseling. As a person thinketh in his (or her) heart, so is he (or she). Do you think you will never get out of debt, so are you. Do you believe you will never overcome that habit, so are you? Do you believe you can’t change that weight problem, so are you? Do you believe your husband will never change, so are you? Do you believe your wife will never change, so is she?

Doctors look to the body. They say something in your DNA determines your life. It determines if you are overweight or not. It determines if you are homosexual or not. It determines if you get too angry or not. It determines if you are an alcoholic or not. It determines if you are lazy or not. The body is in control the physical doctor says. The psychiatrists say it is the mind. The mind controls the issues of life. They think if they can get the mind right through counsel or chemicals, then we can fix your life. Christians say it is all in the spirit. It’s the devil, that’s the problem. If we can just get enough of the Holy Spirit, we can fix your life. So, some believe it is all physical. The problem is because of something in your flesh. Some believe that it is all mental. There is a problem in the mind. Some believe that it is all spiritual and we need to get the spirit right. But God says it’s your heart. Out of the heart come the issues of life.


Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

The heart must be guarded. There must be a fortress built about our heart. Over the years our hearts take a terrible beating. This is why the heart must be maintained. Jesus said the anointing was upon him to preach the gospel. We have all heard the gospel and have received the gospel. Few of us have truly received the second part of that anointing. Few individuals have actually had the broken heart healed. Bitterness, hurts, wounds, broken dreams, broken vows, unfulfilled expectations all break our hearts. We become insecure. We become untrusting. Our hearts are broken and broken issues of life come from it. Dad left the family. He didn’t want to hurt you. It was just following his heart. Mom didn’t know what to do or say. Mom married another man. Mom didn’t want to hurt you. She was lonely in her heart and that loneliness became an issue. Mom died. Dad died. Your heart was broken. Dad was abusive. He hated himself because of it, but anger was in his heart. He never wanted to hurt you. It was just an issue in his heart. Your spouse broke your heart. Your dreams were broken. Their intentions were not to hurt you. It was an issue in their heart. Somewhere along the way your heart was broken and you have lived all your life with a broken heart. You heard the gospel. You are going to heaven one day, but today your life is full of issues because your heart was never healed.

Allow me to pray for you. Allow the same anointing that brought you the gospel to begin the healing process to heal your heart.

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