Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Today’s Reading: Psalm 12
The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in an earthen furnace, purified seven times.
Reflection: While the words of others can be deceitful and destructive, David writes in his psalm that the words of God are pure. The process of refining silver illustrates what he means. In order to obtain pure silver from silver ore, ore is melted and heated at high temperatures. The heat melts the metal mass. Within the melted liquid, impurities sink to the bottom of the compound and leave the reflective and brilliant silver at the top. Before different modern refining processes were invented, the one ancient method of refining by heat was performed repeatedly on a mass of silver ore until all of the impurities had been removed. The refiner would know that the silver was pure when it showed his reflection clearly.
Like pure silver, the Word of God has been tested and tried throughout the ages and still stands, shining brilliantly true for us today. In the midst of lies and worthless words, the Word of God guards and protects those who heed it. Because God’s Word is true, it can be trusted. We can make it our goal to understand what God is saying knowing that how His wisdom enriches us will stand the test of time and trial. God’s Word is a pure and precious treasure worth seeking. We cannot always trust what others say, but we can trust in the Word of God.
Prayer: I praise You, Almighty LORD, for Your perfect Word. Thank You for enriching me and assuring me through it. Please help to gain Your wisdom by it. May the purity of Your Word refine me also for the purpose of Your glory. In Jesus’ Name I pray, AMEN.
Bible-in-a-Year Reading Plan (credit: Biblestudytools.com): Luke 11:1-28; Genesis 19; Psalm 12