“The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. (7) Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.” Psalm 12.6-7
When I look at the Psalms (and that is pretty often – usually daily), I try to take note of the words the palmists use. First, I must realize these men are speaking under the guidance of the Holy Spirit; and second, these are godly men who are pouring out their soul to God. Having said that, look at the opening phrase in v. 6: “The words of the LORD are pure words … “ We shouldn’t have to be reminded of that. These are the words of JEHOVAH. Nuff said! He then provides us a physical illustration to give us some understanding of HOW pure they are – seven times – the number of perfection or completion.
Now v. 7. The psalmist is not talking about a particular TRANSLATION here, but about the original words as they were penned. Think about this also, the words that we use may or may not change in meaning over time. For example, the word “gay” used to mean someone who was happy all or most of the time. Now it is a reference to the homosexual community. Society changed the meaning. When God speaks, His words “don’t change over time.”
So, what does that mean to us? Here are several thoughts: (1) We are to take what God says at face value. (2) We must understand when He is speaking to Israel and when He is speaking to us – the church. (3) We must learn how to APPLY universal truth – wherever it is found – Old or New Testament. When I hear someone trying to explain away a truth that is so clear, I know this is someone who doesn’t want to BELIEVE that God actually said that and it applies to THEM. So, today, as we read God’s PURE Words, let’s remember WHO wrote them and remember that we are His and live accordingly Just My Thoughts …