For the Writer’s Heart: The Right Word
“The Preacher sought to find delightful words
and to write words of truth correctly.
The words of wise men are like goads,
and masters of these collections
are like well-driven nails;
they are given by one Shepherd.”
Ecclesiastes 12:10,11; NASB
What writer has not labored over the best word to clearly speak his/her message into the readers? We grab the thesaurus and think it through until the right word finds its place. We are in good company. For Solomon, the wisest man of earth, struggled with the same problem.
He sought for:
- delightful words—words that would draw the readers into the message;
- words of truth correctly—words that did more than parrot a truth but conveyed the meaning of truth;
- words that are like goads—encouraging the reader to take a positive action;
- words that are like well-driven nails—words that are exactly what the reader needed for an exact time.
Solomon encourages writers to become masters of our words. Don’t settle but seek the right words. And he finishes by telling us where to find the right words—they are given by one Shepherd.
“For it is not you who speak,
but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.”
Our Prayer; Heavenly Father, you have given us a book filled with your words. As we write, may we speak truth in boldness and love, planting and watering the words you give us. Prosper your word in the hearts of our readers.