My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition concerning the King; my tongue is the pen of a ready writer. NKJV
My heart is flowing over with good things; my words are of that which I have made for a king; my tongue is the pen of a ready writer. BBE
My heart is overflowing with good news. I will direct my song to the king. My tongue is a pen for a skillful writer. GW
My heart hath indited a good thing, I am telling my works to a king, My tongue is the pen of a speedy writer. YLT
This is one of my favorite scriptures. I have many favorite scriptures, so you’ll see me say that a lot.
There’s also a reason I posted four different versions of this verse. The New King James version is the one I read, and so that first version of the scripture is the one that I fell in love with. The next three versions are just me being curious, wondering how else it has been said.
Let’s focus on the writer. There is a ‘ready’ writer, a ‘skillful’ writer, and a ‘speedy’ writer.
According to dictionary.com, the meanings of each word are:
Ready – completely prepared or in fit condition for immediate action or use.
Skillful – having or exercising skill.
Speedy – coming, given, or arrived at quickly or soon; promp
t; not delayed.
Aren’t these all characteristics that we, as writers (and Christians), should display?
2 Timothy 4:2 says . . . Be ready in season and out of season.
Skillfulness can be learned, it is not just merely talent. When you become skillful at something, you are always ready to perform it, and will (usually) be speedy.
We writers almost always have something to write. We Christian writers are supposed to stop and see if what we are writing glorifies our King.
I am telling my story to my King.