Writing As Worship

More than a story

Recently, my family took a mini break to a seaside township in the far south of our state. While we were there, I planned to research my first historical fiction novel. What took me by surprise, however, was the absolute majesty of the hills surrounding us. In the middle of winter, mist lingered over the peaks and even over the fields. There were hazy sunsets and even foggier dawns. Light rain fell upon lush grass where farm animals grazed, and rainbows stretched across the grey sky. In this rare idyllic setting, with our toddler contentedly dozing in the car seat, the first verses of Psalm 121 kept flowing like a melody through my mind.

“I lift my eyes to the hills.

From where does my help come?

My help comes from the LORD,

who made heaven and earth…”

Psalm 121:1-2 (ESV)

As I considered this verse, I kept thinking of my characters, and the world the Lord was sewing together in my mind, only giving me enough ideas and clarity as I needed to explore the next step in this new creative adventure. What I didn’t realise in the moment, was the clear connection between this Psalm and Writing as Worship.

“I lift my eyes to the hills…”

Writing as Worship takes an intentionality. It often involves us shifting our heart posture from self-focused to Kingdom-focused. I lift my eyes and seek the Lord, what does He want this project to be? I know He who has created me and called me will help me to use this gift for His Kingdom purpose.

When we posture our hearts in surrender, gratitude, and praise…

When we seek the Lord’s glory above our own…

When we long to partner with the Lord to create what He is calling us to create for His glory and for His Kingdom purpose…

When we Write as Worship…

a shift happens.

When we lift our eyes and seek help from the Lord, He’s there. He’s waiting to partner with us. After all, He is the Ultimate Creator. 

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