Your Tablet & Your Heart

You know that wireless, portable, touchscreen device that’s smaller than a laptop and larger than a cellphone?

Here’s a question for you: Is there a “tablet” in the Bible?

Short answer: yes.


But of a slightly different kind.

Read the following verse from Proverbs 3, and tell me if you know what kind of tablet this is:

Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. Prov 3:3

Okay, forget the portable computer tablet and think of a slab of stone or clay or wood used for the purpose of inscription – the tablet of Bible days.

But what is the tablet of the heart, and how do you write on it?

This idea seemed so strange to me, until I realized it is used in many other places in Scripture.

Very similarly again in Proverbs:

Keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you; keep my commandments and live; keep my teaching as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. Prov 7:3

And then the author of Hebrews twice reminds us of a covenant God made with the house of Israel in Jeremiah 31:

I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. Jer 31:33 {quoted in Heb 8:10 & 10:16}

And then this from the New Testament:

And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. 2 Cor 3:3

But I don’t get it. What is so significant about writing something on a tablet?

And then this beautiful description:

And now, go, write it before them on a tablet and inscribe it in a book, that it may be for the time to come as a witness forever. Isa 30:8

So we go back to Proverbs 3 and put this thing together.

By remembering the teachings of the Word and keeping the commands of God, we chisel love and faithfulness into our hearts as a witness forever. The Truth of the Word becomes so burned into our souls that it serves as a continual reminder of the greatness and goodness of God. This is the tablet of the heart.

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5 thoughts on “Your Tablet & Your Heart

  1. I love when people are able to take something so tangible real to us now and relate it to His Word. And ever so grateful He writes His Word on our hearts.

    Thanks for sharing this today. Love your blog name.


  2. Oh, Lydia, what a lovely post this is. Love how you unpacked that phrase in the different scriptures. Thank you for sharing that. And, thank you for linking up at the #ChasingCommunity launch! So glad you’re along for the ride! ((hug)) Happy New Year!

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  3. What a unique thought about the tablet of our heart. I love it when you can find something new and exciting and it makes sense as we consider all the possibilities. Repetition of God’s Word does make engraved on our heart. Thank you for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.

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