Purified 7 Times


The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times. You, O LORD, will keep them; you will guard us from this generation forever.
(Psalm 12:6, 7 ESV)
Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
(Proverbs 30:5 ESV)

Everyday we go about life looking for something we can rely on. Something that is constant, trustworthy, immovable. We want relationships that are reliable. We want people we can count on. Friends who will deliver on their promises. Husbands we can trust. Wives we know will be there, when the going gets tough. A career or a job that will be there even in tough economic times. I think this is a fundamental human need.

Well, I’ve come to find security and reliability in God through Jesus Christ and his word. You can too!

When the scripture says that God’s words are pure, refined, and purified 7 times, it insists that they have no lies, flattery, insincerity or inconsistencies. It insists that you can rely on his words, his person, his promises. God means what he says; his words are completely pure, completely reliable and completely flawless. In fact the bible says that He watches over His word to perform it. The truth here in verse 6 of Psalm 12 makes the promise of verse 7 in the same chapter attainable. Verse 7 can not stand without verse 6. Compared to man’s words (see verse 4) which are deceitful, sinful, and impure. God’s words are pure and holy, free from all human mixtures, and from all
fraud and deceit. They are firm and stable, and always dependible.

God’s promises are always grounded in His integrity. I love this verse in Numbers 23:19:

God is not man, one given to lies, and not a son of man changing his mind. Does he speak and not do what he says? Does he promise and not come through?

There is nothing, no one in this world more reliable than God or his word. You can trust him any time, any day and you will not regret it. For the more than 22 years now, I have built my life on him and his word and he has never failed me. He has proven himself faithful.

So as you go about your life, let Him be the solid rock on which you stand, because all other ground is sinking sand. For the word of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; it is sure, making wise the simple; it is right, rejoicing the heart; it is pure, enlightening the eyes; it is clean, enduring forever; it is true and righteous altogether.

The Psalmist says they must be desired more than gold, Yea, than much fine gold. He says the words of God are sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb, by them we warned, and in keeping them we get rewarded. Psalm 19:11

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