This is from a larger study on Proverbs 7, but this part has really been weighing on me.
â…Write them upon the table of thine heart.â? Proverbs 7:3
A table is flat and open for all to see. It doesn’t speak, but what is on it is evident for all who look.
The first work God performs on this table is salvation. When God comes to that table, it has been abused by misuse and left to weather without protection and is now stained and marred by sin. When we accept God’s refinishing plan of salvation, He instantly removes the stains and marring and gives it a new finish that gives it a brand new nature. It is no longer a battered table fit only for the junk pile. It is a table whose finish makes it now worthy for kings’ palaces.
“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Isaiah 1:18
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
Because the finish has been applied by the Lord, it cannot be removed. It cannot be damaged or stripped away.
“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.” John 10:28-29
In order for a table to be of proper use to put things on, it should be clean. We don’t leave it dirty from the previous meal to place the new meal on it. There may be some clutter now and then, but it should be kept clean. That can take some work, but the Lord promised to assist there too:
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” Philippians 1:6
“If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.” 2 Timothy 2:21
As we continue in the Christian walk and the Lord provides us the strength we need, we are able to live for Him. Our goal should be to bring honour and glory to Him.
“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” Revelation 4:11
Let us now consider how we set the table of our heart for a banquet in honour of our Lord. Every action we do or word we speak determines the quality of the place setting, drinks, appetizer, salad, main meal and desert. Do my words and actions speak of quality to be looked up to, or rottenness that is to be thrown out to the hogs?
“Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible. And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the LORD of hosts.” Malachi 1:7-8
What the world sees will either bring my Lord honour or dishonour.
Is it evident that the Word of God is bound on my finger and written upon the table of my heart?