Words. Ah, words are fascinating. They are weapons in our arsenal against the enemy of our souls. Some early mornings I am awakened by the Spirit with a new word. Other times the word comes through dictionary.com’s “Word of the day.” This started about a year ago with the word “tryst”. To my knowledge, I had never heard this word before. I got up. It was 2 AM. The word means: “A set time and place where two lovers meet.” I knew then that God was calling me to meet with him at this time each morning. I fixed up a small “tryst room” in our house and day after day or “diurnally” I go there to meet with our Lord.
The following are some of my journal entries using the new words that I especially like:
Today, I am not so verdant (a fresh and flourishing condition), but instead am dulsatory (lacking in consistency, or order; disconnected). In place of these, I would obtain equipoise (balance) and become more filled with brio (vigor, life, animation). I will invigilate (keep watch) on a diurnal (daily) basis.
With celerity (quickness in motion or action) help me to be refulgent (shining brightly) and puissant (powerful, strong and mighty) through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within me.
One early morning, I was awakened with the word “reservoir”. Just writing it makes me feel refreshed. Before I looked it up in the dictionary I meditated on the meaning of this word. I knew it meant more than just a “holding place for water” or as the dictionary says, “a natural or artificial place where water is collected and stored for use, esp. water for supplying a community. I wrote in my journal, “Reservoir- a place where something of value is kept until someone has need of it.” I love that! We should all be reservoirs for the Lord. Our lives ought to be filled with the things that others may need, like the fruits of the Spirit, i.e. love, joy, peace, etc.
When a lake reservoir becomes filled with soil and muck, it must be drained and then, dug out so that the fresh, clean mountain water will have a place to be kept. Likewise, our spirits can become filthy with sin and earthly concerns and cares. We need to acquiesce (accept or consent without objection) to the Holy Spirit’s efficacious (effective, bring about desired result) moving in our lives. It is only then that we will ameliorate (make life better for others, improve) other’s lives and bring glory to our Lord.
I love the story in Daniel about King Nebuchadnezzar. It is all about a man, a King who was filled with pride and arrogance. He had an image of gold set up for all to worship. Daniel’s friends, Shadrach, Meshack and Abed-negro answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.” The king was furious and had them thrown into the fire. The fire was so hot that it killed the men that threw them into it, but these men of God did not even smell like smoke. The king watched as they adulated (worshiped) God and were not consumed by the fire and he said, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.” “Look, he answered. “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” Jesus, God’s only son was walking in the fire with them. And like these three Hebrew men who were emancipated (set free) by our Lord Jesus Christ, so He would loose us and show us His salvation.
Oh, that He would help me not to use logorrhea (pathological incoherent speech; incessant or compulsive talk) words, but may I be like Daniel and his three brave friends efficacious (effective; bring about desired results) in every area of my life.
Renew me, Holy Spirit, for in your presence is fullness of joy. At your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Because I have set You ever before me and at my right hand is where You dwell, my heart is glad, my spirit rejoices, and my body shall rest secure. I dwell in safety by You for You shelter me all day long. Between Your shoulders, is my resting place.
No matter how I feel in my body, I will praise You, oh, Lord most high! Among the peoples, I will praise You! I will sing to You among the nations for Your mercy reaches unto the heavens and Your truth unto the clouds. Be exalted, Oh God, above the heavens. Let Your glory be above all the earth! I ascribe greatness to our God. He is the Rock, Christ Jesus. His way is perfect and all His ways are justice. A God of truth and without injustice. Righteous and upright is He. May I be aesthete (one who is sensitive to beauty; one who perceives) and let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord.