That I May Publish

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Just a quick thought about a verse my Lord thrilled me with this week. (You probably don’t believe me capable of a quick thought, if you have at all familiarized yourself with my previous ramblings. I don’t quite believe myself capable of writing a quick thought either, but we will see by the end of this post.)

Psalm 26:7 “That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.”

Does anybody else have sudden epiphany experiences while reading the Bible? Not the light-from-heaven, cymbals-and-trumpets kind of epiphany, but just a tide of wonder that washes over you for a moment and leaves your mind tingling. I guess some call it an “aha” moment. I find these moments of awe sprinkled liberally throughout the book of Psalms…when a truth about God and life or an exquisitely phrased sentence or simply the magnificent poetry-ness thrills me.

The above verse sparked one of those moments. Besides the fact that it mentioned the word “publish” (which all writers thrill to anyway), I loved how this verse is the result of the previous verse: “I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O Lord.” David had made a commitment to do right and draw near to God, so he would have a story to tell about the goodness of the Lord. The closer we get to our God, the more wondrous works we have to tell–not our works, but His.

And we should be seeking to publish (make public) what Jesus has done for us, starting with our testimony of salvation. Are you thankful for being forgiven of all your sins by the blood of Jesus? Are you thankful for a home in heaven with God for eternity? Then publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all His wondrous works!

I think we all know that we are supposed to be witnesses for Christ with our mouths. But what many young people –and specifically young bloggers–don’t seem to know is that we are supposed to be witnesses for Christ in our writing as well. The Bible says “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.” God’s Word also instructs us to love the Lord our God with all our might. Sooo I suppose that if all our might is being channeled toward God, whatever ways we use our might ought to be for the God we love. Which brings us to this verse: “whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”

Maybe we have heard these words so often, we no longer notice their message…like old billboards we have gotten used to ignoring. Maybe some have never been taught these verses. Maybe we have grown up isolating certain areas of our lives into a no-man’s-land, which neither preacher nor parent nor even God are allowed to penetrate and rule.

I seriously cannot understand why Christian writers would not want to create Christian writing. Why humans created by God, living in a world created by God, saved from sin and Hell by God, would want to create stories without God in them. Without a Gospel message.

Why were you placed on earth? To please God, to bring Him glory, to fellowship with Him in all you do. Why were you saved by believing the gospel and accepting Jesus as your Savior? To please God, to bring Him glory, to fellowship with Him in all you do. Why were you given a gift with words? To please God, to… I think you see where this is headed. If the Creator of the world, who was willing to give His life for you, made you a writer, don’t you think your “reasonable service” would be to give all your words to Him?

It saddens me to see multitudes of talented Christian writers burying their talent in the earth. Offering their gift on the altar of Popular Fiction. Spending more time researching how to “world-build” for a fantasy adventure than studying how to build themselves and others on the Word of God.

Let’s consider what matters. Let’s choose to influence our culture instead of following it. Let’s commit to publishing the wondrous ways God works in the lives of men, because we are thankful that He committed to working in ours.

Psalm 68:11 “The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it.”


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