I came across the word piquant recently (might I say in our private bathroom on top of the toilet), as part of a description for a devotional book of all things. As I looked it up for a more technical definition, I suspected that I knew a bit about what it means which as it turns out I did have a good idea, and this bit of information came up on the screen: “pleasantly stimulating or exciting to the mind.” Now that can mean just about anything to many type of people including regenerate or unregenerate and can even apply to food descriptions as well.
For the sake of our interest, I prefer to go the regenerate route as I believe that the unregenerate route is quite obvious and needs no further exposure. This includes opening us to a very well-known passage of Scripture in the book of Philippians which goes into great detail about this phrase: “think on these things.” We must now go further into what is being addressed here by the Apostle Paul when in the 4th chapter he declares: “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” NLB I think it is readily observed where we are going with this as God “pleasantly stimulates” and “strongly excites the mind” just as these great adjectives outline and over the next several days we will be dealing with each word on that list hopefully in such an artful way that you will be blessed into higher heights and deeper depths in the nature and ways of the Lord.
When we step into this arena of piquant, we are greeted at the door by a sign reading “fix your thoughts”. This does not means to do repairs but speaks of a steady consistent fixation of life which also accentuates a certain responsibility we have to infiltrate our thoughts each day with material and substantive offerings that build rather than destroy. When this becomes a reality in practical measures then all the repairs to damage we have subjected ourselves to have a tendency to be dealt with. Many problems erupt in our lives because we allow our thoughts to wander onto territory they do not belong. I have to constantly battle back my penchant for thinking the worse into virtually any scenario, but this battle gets played out each day with the expectation that what I am filling my thoughts with is going to prevail.
In that regards, there is always the awareness that different thought processes are going to be vying for my attention on a constant basis, and the necessity for spending time thinking God’s way becomes the most important part of my day. I need the desire for, discipline of and delight in His Word as David says, day and night. Psalm 1:2 When Patrick Lambie kicked a rugby ball over the goal post from 55 metres away a few short days ago to give the South African rugby team victory over their greatest rivals, namely the All-Blacks from New Zealand, I am sure, he was not afflicted with the kind of thinking that states this is impossible. We must also think about what it is going to take for us to become the kind of people God desires by developing steadfast patterns in God’s kind of thinking.