Friday 16 November 2018

Joining our words with His heart

By Wendy Parker

It's a fact that when you're a writer, you fall in love with words. I’m reading the book of Psalms in The Passion Translation at the moment. They’re so filled with emotion and passion for God’s goodness and faithfulness, that I find myself re-reading the same lines over and over again. 

Take a line from Psalm 103, ‘You kissed my heart with forgiveness, in spite of all I’ve done.’ 
 Or, Psalm 26:3 ‘I will never lose sight of your love for me. Your faithfulness has steadied my steps.’ 
Or how about Psalm 111:9 ‘His forever-love paid a full ransom for his people so that now we’re free to come before Jehovah to worship his holy and awesome name!’

Believers who are joining their words with God’s heart. They are the poetry of Christ in all its fullness. Each Psalm points to Jesus and leads you to discover more about Him and His heart. 

The Gospel never changes, but the way in which the story of redemption is told should change so it stirs people’s hearts to want to respond to it. What worked five years ago probably won’t have the same impact today. 

Isaiah 43:19 is one of my favourite scriptures, ‘Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it?’ God is always wanting to do something fresh and exciting, and as Christian writers we have been given the gift of words to trigger something inside each and every person who wants to discover more.  

Joining our words with His heart is the mirror that reflects His love from us onto other people. Something happens when we write with the help and power of the Holy Spirit. It’s like Heaven meets earth when we join our words with His. 

Every artist, musician and writer has the potential to change people’s view point of a God who relentlessly pursues them with His extravagant love by creating something unique and inspiring for people to stop and take notice.  

As writers, we need to listen and draw near to his heartbeat with an open mind and let His love fill our own hearts until it spills out onto the blank pages before us. 

So, if you think your writing doesn’t make a difference, it does. You’ll probably never know who it impacted until you get to heaven and someone hugs you tightly and whispers in your ear, “I’m here because of you. Thank you for joining your words with His heart.” 

Wendy xo      

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