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.


Melody of the Heart

Do you know that there is now technology that can take a sample of your DNA and translate your gene sequence into music?  You have been created with a song within you—a personal song that belongs to you alone!  What melody is coming from your DNA?

Open your ears to His melody, both within yourself and within one another, and let’s make beautiful music together!

“…be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord.”  Ephesians 5:18-19

Just Breathe

A Hebrew word for God’s Spirit is ruach.  The word is sometimes translated in the bible as “wind”. Ruach can literally mean “air put into motion by divine breath”.

According to Hebrew tradition, there were two manifestations of the presence of God within the tabernacle:  the sound of man breathing, and the sound of curtains expanding, outward and then inward like a man’s lungs.  This manifestation became known as the “breath of the Holies” and later emerged into the name of the Holy Spirit.

We are the temple of God.  The Holy Spirit is always moving and breathing life into and through us.  Breathe in His grace and exhale!