True North

Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.  (Psalm 48:2 KJV)

Do you know your true north?  The Hebrew word for north is “tzafon”.  It literally means “to hide; to treasure up”.  A short definition is “stored”.  In other words, the Hebrew word for north can be defined as a hidden storehouse of treasure.

The Hebrew word for compass is derived from “tzafon” and literally means “that which points north”.  Every man-made compass on earth is magnetically attracted to due north.  However, a magnetic compass almost never shows true north.  True north is according to the earth’s axis, not magnetic north.

The Lord speaks out of the whirlwind and declares to his servant Job, “Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest?  Or who hath stretched the line upon it?  Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened?  Or who laid the corner stone thereof?” (Job 38:5).

It is the Lord, the creator of the universe, who has set the earth’s axis in its place.  It is the Lord, the creator of the universe, who sets our eternal heart compass to true north, upward toward mount Zion, the city of the great King, on the sides of the north – wherein lies a hidden storehouse of eternal treasure.

 

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