I looked up the word in the dictionary this morning. Stout means, "bulky in figure; heavily built; thickset; fat." Okay, yep.... definitely NOT a compliment!
But, this was the prayer of my heart this morning as I repeated David's words back to my Heavenly Father, "Lord make me stout! Make my heart stout and bold. Lord, make me stout-hearted!"
Stouthearted is a very different thing, isn't it?!
The dictionary has a second definition for "stout": "bold, brave, dauntless, firm, resolute."
Now, here are words I like!
In Psalm 138, David is praising God for His faithful answers... God has heard me! And, then David worships with the words, "when you answered me, you made me bold and stouthearted" (Psalm 138:3)
This is the answer to the cries of our hearts, my friends. He listens, He responds, and His Spirit emboldens and strengthens us!
Daily life can bring wavering for me. It brings moment-by-moment opportunities to be distracted, discouraged and overwhelmed. My heart feels, at times, to be unsteady, timid and insecure. But, in His Presence I can be strengthened and brave! He can (and wants to!!) make me bold and dauntless.
Just to imagine my "heart"---my insides, my soul, my very being---as bulky and heavily built, makes me smile. Yes, Lord, may I have a fat heart!!
May my heart be fat-filled with Him and immovable with the rock-confidence in His love. May I know His answers and His Presence so keenly that I am firm and resolute. Make me stout, my Lord! Make my heart stout in You!