Let This Be Written
Glynnis Whitwer

“Let this be written for a future generation, hat a people not yet created may praise the LORD …” Psalm 102:18 (NIV)

Some people say writers are born to be writers … that you can tell them apart at an early age because they are always writing. Some writers tell about scribbling their thoughts late into the night in a little journal, or keeping a diary. They say they need to write or they will surely fade away. I guess that’s true for some, but certainly not the case for every writer.

Take me for example. I love to write now, but when I was young I was too busy to sit and write. I was organizing clubs (with me as president), starting group games (like hide and seek), or directing neighborhood plays. No diary for me. Plus, my self-preservation was intact at an early age. Even as a child I worried, what if someone found my diary?

Once in school, however, I discovered I loved the writing assignments, like research papers or book reports. In college I majored in journalism and public relations. I wrote newspaper articles, brochure copy and put together many newsletters. What I discovered about myself is I care more about conveying a message, than the act of writing. So if I listened to those who said a writer feels they must “write or die,” I would have disqualified myself as an author years ago. And I wonder how many men and women have disqualified themselves as writers because of what someone else has said to them? How many stories haven’t been passed on to future generations because of this?

Writing is important. Writing clarifies our thoughts, conveys a message and creates something lasting. Today we treasure the records we have from earlier generations. We learn things from history that can positively affect our future. Writing teaches us and can provide insight into deep truths. For a Christian, however, writing takes on an additional significance. Writing becomes a way to glorify God.

King David of the Old Testament knew this well. The book of Psalms is a magnificent testimony to God’s power and righteousness, and we have David to thank for writing much of it down. David was an honest writer who poured out his pain and fear through His writing, yet He also records much about the character and actions of God. We know God better through David’s writing. I think David wasn’t just writing for himself. I think David’s heart was to attempt to capture the awesome nature of His God in words so that others would love and obey Him as well. Psalm 102:18 is our clue to David’s heart: “Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the LORD …”

What an amazing purpose of writing … that sometime in the future, some man or woman not yet born would read our writing and praise God because of it. What an encouragement to start writing down stories of God’s faithfulness to our family, of how He answered prayers, and of the daily miracles of life. Today, we have many avenues to capture stories of God’s work. We can start a blog, scrapbook, or even self-publish a book. It doesn’t matter how we record our experience with God, just that we do it.

Years ago a wise woman told a group of writers and speakers, “It’s not your story; it’s God’s story.” Yes, my story is important. But as a Christian, it’s my deepest hope that it always points others to God. Start writing and keep writing … so that “a people not yet created may praise the Lord.”

Dear Heavenly Father, I praise You for Your goodness and righteousness. I thank You that through Your Holy Spirit, You inspired the writing of the Scriptures. Through this writing, I am learning to know You and trust You in greater ways. Help me to write more about who You are and what You are doing in my life, so that my children, grandchildren and beyond, will love You and praise You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Related Resources:
For the Write Reason, Marybeth Whalen, General Editor

The Little Style Guide to Great Christian Writing and Publishing by Leonard G. Goss and Carolyn Stanford Goss

She Speaks Conference

Application Steps:
If you don’t already have a journal, make or purchase one. Commit for 30 days to write something in it every day about God. This could be something you thank God for or how you have seen Him revealed in your life or the lives of others that day.

Reflections:
Name one way the writing of another person has changed your life?

What is one of characteristic of God you have learned from reading the Bible?

If you were going to write a story about one thing God has done in your life, what would it be?

Power Verses:
Exodus 34:27-28, “Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Write down these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.’ Moses was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights without eating bread or drinking water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant—the Ten Commandments.” (NIV)

Jeremiah 30: 1-2, “This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'Write in a book all the words I have spoken to you.’” (NIV)

Isaiah 49:16a, “See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands …” (NIV)

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8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love to write. This has let me look at writing in a different way. I will now write for my kids and generations to come. I knew I loved to write, but never looked at it as being a gift to be used for GOD. Now when I write I will pray that it will be something that God will have me to write to help someone else. Letting the words I write be a way for someone to get to know the LORD.... I Thank You!

Blogger Ann said...

Amen. This is exactly why I started my blog--to make myself aware of what God is up to in my life, and share that story with others.

Blogger Heather Cox said...

Glynnis,
First of all, Way to go! on your interview! Secondly, what a great reminder that ALL of us are writers and all of us have the great priviledge and responsibility of shouting from the mountaintops what God has whispered into our ears. It may not be for some widespread audience; it may only be for those I call dear. May our writing be for Him most of all.

Blogger KGC26 said...

Writing out God's words to us helps to understand what He is trying to teach us. Sometimes it takes a visual presentation to receive His message. It may not make alot of sense at the time, but it helps us to continue on His path.

Anonymous Beth Ann said...

Thank you! Over the last several years (probably most of my life) God has been calling me to write. Just recently, I surrendered. But, I too have not had a burning deisre to write, so I have continually questioned the call. I have had a desire to tell a story. Your details of your life fall right along with mine. My childhood personality was similar. I have a degree in journalism with an empahsis in advertising and PR. I have even written over the last ten years for magazine, newspaper, etc. But once again, I was doubting the very evident call God put on my life. Your devotional was written to affirm once again that God has put a calling on my life to write even if I don't think I fit the traditional mold. Isn't God funny how He uses things to get our attention? I am so grateful that you allowed Him to use you!! His timing (and so yours) is perfect!

Anonymous Pam Shattuck said...

Glynnis,

Writing was birthed in me three years ago when I asked God to show me His heart in Scripture. As His Word came alive to me, the creative juices began to flow and I marvel at the journey! May the ink never run dry and may my hands never rest!

I needed this today just as a little reminder of the call God has placed on my life. Thanks!

Blogger Sisterlisa said...

What an incredible article, thank you so much. The verses were perfect for me today and you have encouraged me to continue writing. I know my blog is a ministry for the Lord and I thank you for lifting me up to continue therein.

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