The Psalms 31
1. According to Luke 24:44, the Psalms are part of the Old Testament Scriptures.
2. Consequently, the Psalms "were written for our learning" (Romans 15:4).
3. By studying the Psalms we will gain knowledge on a wide variety of subjects, including "the heart" [the
inner part of man that is the center of our thoughts, feelings, and affections].
4. In our lesson we are examining a number of passages from the Psalms and other books of the Bible
that provide much needed information concerning our hearts.
I. PASSAGES FROM THE PSALMS
A. To be in good standing with God, we must have pure hearts (24:3-4).
B. God knows our hearts (44:21).
C. We must allow God to search our hearts (26:2; 139:23-24).
D. God can cleanse our hearts (Psalm 51:10).
II. PASSAGES FROM PROVERBS
A. The heart is to be "kept" [guarded, protected] diligently (4:23).
B. The condition of the heart affects our physical and spiritual wellbeing.
1. "A sound heart" [a clear conscience] is healthy, but a heart suffering from a disease such as envy is
2. "A merry heart" has a positive effect upon the disposition (15:13, 15; 17:22).
C. The way we think in our hearts will determine what we are (16:9; 23:7).
III. PASSAGES FROM MATTHEW
A. Having a pure heart is a requirement for seeing God (5:8).
B. A person's treasure will be where his heart is (6:21).
C. A person's words come forth from his heart (12:34-37).
D. All sins originate in the heart (15:18-20).
IV. PASSAGES FROM THE EPISTLES
A. We must allow Christ to dwell in our hearts (Ephesians 3:17a).
B. We must allow the peace of God to keep our hearts (Philippians 4:7-8).
C. We must allow God's peace to rule in our hearts (Colossians 3:15).
D. We must not allow our hearts to become hardened (Hebrews 3:12-13).
E. We must have the right kind of wisdom in our hearts (James 3:14-18).