Desire Of My Soul

Flashes of Lightning: Standing Watch [2020 – Strength]


A divine spark. A flash image. A scripture suspended before me. This series shares soul-to-soul watchwords that I believe the Lord has impressed on me for this season, hour, moment that we’re in.


A red-alert word-image kicked off my New Year’s Eve, 2020.


“I will take my stand at my watchpost and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what He will say to me.” —Habakkuk 2:1


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Strength. At midnight on January 1, 2020, my prayer time started off with a word-image, a red alert.


I saw the word STRENGTH running down vertically—with the letter S lying horizontally on its side, looking like the diacritical mark tilde: ~.

Then the word transformed into a sword—and back to just the word and then it became both: with the letters of the word STRENGTH forming the sword. The side-lying S formed the sword’s curved hilt or cross-guard (which protects the hands in battle). The rest of the letters formed the blade.


Since a sword is a biblical image for God’s Word (the Bible), particularly in Ephesians 6, I instinctively began praying for His Word to be my strength . . . within me and in my hand to do battle as He leads.


At first, I wasn’t sure if the word was for only my soul or for the body of believers corporately. But I understood one thing: it was a big heads-up. Getting through whatever was coming would take two things: His strength, His Word.


We must stand in Him, dig deep into His Word . . . for His Word is a lamp unto our feet, a light unto our path. It is the only way we will be able to decipher truth from the enemy’s slick deception and slippery lies.


While listening-singing praise to worship music, I was reminded of Psalm 1.


Blessed is the person who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
But his delight is in the Law of the Lord,
And on His Law he meditates day and night.
He will be like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in its season,
And its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.


But when I reached for my Bible, it randomly opened to Psalm 21. These particular verses mirrored God’s strength-sword image:


Adonai, may the king find joy in Your Strength.
For the king trusts in the Lord and in the lovingkindness of the Most High, that he should not be shaken (falter).
How greatly does he exult with Your salvation.
Arise, exult yourself, Adonai, with Your Strength; we will sing and praise of Your Might.
Psalm 21: 1 (2),8 14


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