Psalm 73:28 “But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.”
I just returned from the Carolina Christian Writer’s Conference (CCWC) in Spartanburg, SC. It is the first time I have ever attended such a meeting; it was truly a blessing. The workshop speakers were an endless resource of knowledge, instruction and encouragement. It was exciting to “rub elbows” with fellow writers who understand the joys and frustrations of writing and attempting to get a manuscript published. Plus, a professional photographer was on the premises, offering services for photo shoots (that was fun!)
There was a common thread woven throughout the two-day event: prayer. It was stressed over and over again, how important it is that we bathe our calling to write in prayer. It’s not that that was new information to me; I know that prayer is essential. We can so easily get caught up in the performance and lose sight of the purpose for our writing. Prayer is sharing the deepest desires and concerns with the Lord.
Psalm 73:28 doesn’t use the word prayer; however, the steps given are the result of a prayed-up attitude: sit, surrender and speak.
1.) Draw near: I perceive this action as “sitting” close to the Savior. If we can visualize His presence as being immediate beside us, we ought to relax and allow God to have free reign with our writing endeavors.
2.) Surrender: The psalmist declares that he has put his trust in the Lord God. This means relinquishing the urge to hold back and think God needs our help. God has it under control; it hasn’t taken Him by surprise at all. A humble spirit, acknowledging God’s sovereignty and supremacy, is key.
3.) Speak: Has God done a mighty work in your life? Declare it! Don’t be shy or secretive about it! Give Him the glory and praise. This joy-filled attribute should permeate every aspect of our lives, not just our writing accomplishments.