“That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works” (Ps. 26:7, KJV).
“With the voice of thanksgiving.”
I have had six books published, as well as a few ebooks now out there on the world wide web. Each one has been a thrill and given me great satisfaction. But each time I’ve been in danger of falling into a pit.
There is the pit of pride that tells me I’ve done this great thing and now I’m worthy; the pit of doubt that says it really isn’t that good and no-one will read it; and then the pit of despair that says I’ll never be able to do it again.
I have seen these pits gaping before me each time I’ve held a new book in my hands. They can threaten to drag me in and bury me in darkness, but I’ve found the life-line that keeps me from falling in – it’s that little thing called thankfulness.
The writer of the book of Hebrews said: “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe. (Hebrews 12:28).
The Greek word used for thankful in this verse is charis, grace. Thanksgiving – gratitude – grace. One leads to the other and all lead to an outpouring that will bless, lift up and encourage others. That’s the pattern of life God has ordained for us all in this world, in His kingdom.
Holding a new book in your hands kind of makes you feel like you’ve just been handed a kingdom – the kingdom of imagination, the kingdom of an audience of readers, the kingdom of purpose and fulfillment. Without thankfulness that feeling would be fleeting. We would indeed be tempted to pride, to self doubt and to despair, because without thankfulness, without recognizing where this gift has come from, we realize in the depths of our soul that it is all just a mirage. Without recognizing the plan and purposes of God in and for our work, there can be no true substance to it.
There would be no charis.
So let us publish with the voice of thanksgiving, pouring out grace. And “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts” (Colossians 3:16).
Marcia Lee Laycock writes from central Alberta Canada where she is a pastor's wife and mother of three adult daughters. She was the winner of The Best New Canadian Christian Author Award for her first novel, One Smooth Stone. The sequel, A Tumbled Stone was short listed in The Word Awards. Marcia also has two devotional books in print. Her work has been endorsed by Sigmund Brouwer, Janette Oke, Phil Callaway and Mark Buchanan.
Abundant Rain, an ebook devotional for writers can be downloaded here.
Her most recent release is the second book in a fantasy series,
To learn more about her writing and speaking ministry visit Marcia’s Website