“Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you;
bind them around your neck;
write them on the tablet of your heart.”
Reading the phrase, “write them on the tablet of your heart,” got me to thinking about the different concepts we allow into our heart. Whether they are regarding how I am to live my life (in kindness, love, and faithfulness), or who I am and who my God is, what is it I am writing on the tablet of my heart? What are you writing on yours? What are we allowing to define us, welcoming into the deepest part of us?
Is it truth based on the Word of God—the Author of all truth and the Creator of all things? Or is it based on society’s views, the opinions of other people, and the way life appears to our eyes?
There is truth that stands through everything. There is One who is faithful and steadfast no matter what happens or how much time passes. He is the One who knows you completely, the best and very worst details about you, your history, and your future. And He has declared that He loves you and that He will never leave you or forsake you. Whatever else changes, our God never will (Psalm 102:25-27). That is truth you can write on the tablet of your heart.
You are valuable and treasured, loved by the One who holds the stars in His hands (Isaiah 43:4, Isaiah 40:26).
You are chosen (Isaiah 43:10).
The God of Heaven upholds you when you are falling (Psalm 145:14).
He numbers the hairs on your head (Luke 12:7).
He knows every tear you have cried and has captured them all in a bottle (Psalm 56:8).
He seeks you out in your wilderness, encircles you, cares for you, and keeps you as the apple of His eye (Deuteronomy 32:10).
You will have the strength to get through each day, because it is given to you from God Himself (Deuteronomy 33:25).
He goes before you and removes every obstruction from your way, intentionally and personally accomplishing the purposes He has for you (Isaiah 45:2, Isaiah 57:14, Job 23:13-14).
Your hope is not lost (Jeremiah 31:4, 16-17).
You are forgiven and free (Romans 8:1-2, 33-34).
You are safe in Christ and can hold to steadfast hope in Him, because He is faithful and saves you to the uttermost (Hebrews 10:23, Hebrews 7:25).
Rest in Him, believer. Allow His truth to overcome and cast out every lie that has invaded your heart. Write His words on the tablet of your heart and dwell on them, because this is your life, your peace, and your hope.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”