The King of Platforms

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The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge.
 They have no speech, they use no words;
    no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, Psalm 19: 1-4

I read these verses this morning and verse 4 caught my eye “they have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth.”

First, I’ll point out how this verse contains the beautiful hope-filled word “yet.”  In a post I shared with you last week I mentioned how this is one of the words in Scripture that stirs up joy in my heart whenever I come across it.

Second, I’ll point out that, as a writer, I come across other writers who talk about the importance of discovering our voice in order to expand our reach.  “Finding your voice” and “building your platform” are ideas I’ve heard talked about for years now. I’ve heard these discussions so much that (secretly) I’m a tad sick of it. In fact, platform, has become one of my least favorite words. Reading this word or hearing this word does not stir joy in my heart.  Not one drop of joy.  I know…I probably shouldn’t admit that out loud. Oh well.

Yet, verse 4 is basically talking about God’s platform.  His voice is not using eloquent words or speech but we can see His Truth being proclaimed. The works of His hands are on display. His creation reaches out for all the world to witness.  I love that. I also love how Eugene Peterson interprets this verse:  “Unspoken truth is spoken everywhere.”

You want to talk about a platform that does get the joy juices stirring up inside me?  This is it!

“Unspoken truth is spoken everywhere.”

No words necessary…Just open your eyes and look up!

3 thoughts on “The King of Platforms

  1. Rick Dawson

    I loved this post from start to finish, Eileen – voice and platform are given far too much prominence in this modern writing world. I think of Dickens, and the words he hurled at his society. Don’t tell me he had no voice, no platform. These are publishing mantras – because publishing is becoming as risk averse as man other entertainment industries are.

    Tell His story, honestly and without using the words of another, but carry the message that won you heart for Him. That’s all the platform you’ll ever need – your voice is already there – and some of us hear more the heart than we do with out ears anyways. 🙂

    May God Bless,
    Rick

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    1. Eileen Post author

      Thanks, Rick. You made me think of this man in my 12 step recovery group years ago who would say that we needed to “take the cotton OUT of your ears and PUT it in your mouth!! 😉

      On a tad side note, you are continually in my prayers my friend.

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