(Psalm 12:6) “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.”
In times of need, as a believer in Jesus Christ, what is the foundation of your hope of safety and deliverance? The answers may vary from total self-sufficiency; to partial self, partial Christ-sufficiency. But, many believers today, believe that the Words of Christ form the Foundation of their hope of refuge and deliverance, and in Him alone, in times of trouble. Reader, if you cannot say, without hesitation, that The Promises of God are the Foundation of your Hope, of your Deliverance; then, may the following words of this devotion encourage you, and cause you to depend completely, and without reservation, upon the Living Word Himself, Jesus Christ, and His Promises to every believer in Him.
In (Ps. 12:5) God said concerning the poor, “For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.” David recorded what God said He would do for the poor and the needy. If God promised it one time, it is for all the people of God for all times; now and forever.
Worth and Value of God’s Promise
In the text verse (Psalm 12:6), David recorded the worth and value of the Promise of God for the poor and needy. The value of the Word of God is based on the worth of the Word of God. The worth of God’s Word is based on Who God is; and there is only One true and Living God; Who is the Creator, Controller and Consummator of all things. God is Omnipotent (all powerful); Omniscient (all knowledge); and Omnipresent (everywhere).
(Isa 46:10) “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:”
(Isa 46:11) “Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.”
God’s Words are Pure
Therefore, God’s Words are Pure words; (Pro 30:5) “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.” This means the promises of God are pure, or without error; have never failed; and cannot fail, because He is God. God’s Words are Sure and Amen in Christ. And all that have put their trust in Him, “…he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.” Who better to have as a Shield than to have God to be your Shield; there is no better Shield than God. Do you believe that God has preserved His Word? Surprisingly, many so-called believers today do not believe that the Cannon of Scriptures, as God gave it to men to write down, has been perfectly preserved – but, now has error mixed in the translation. The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, (2Ti 3:16) “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” Literally speaking, the Word of God is “God-breathed.” Jesus said, (Mat 24:35) “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” Who is ready to call God a liar? If God said His Word would never pass away; then it is still with us. If God breathed the Word; then there is no error in His Word. If we only have part truth and part lie; how can the believer live? (Mat 4:4) “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
(Psa. 119:140) “Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.” The psalmist said the Word of God is not only pure, but is “…very pure.” David, in the text verse (Psalm 12:6b) said, “…as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.” Here David uses another figure of speech to highlight the purity of God’s Word. The metal silver is purified by the purging of the fire; the fire takes out the impurities of the metal. David uses the phrase, “…purified seven times,” because the number seven in God’s Word depicts “perfection.” David was saying, ‘Thy word is pure because it is perfect; without error.’ The Word of God is more valuable than anything; or any precious metal known to man, (Psa. 19:10) “More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” Once a person has been made to taste the Good Word of God, nothing else will satisfy his taste; for God’s Word to the believer is, “…sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” (As a side note, the author of this devotion unashamedly uses the KJV for many reasons; but, the primary reason is that the KJV has been proven to be the inerrant, verbally-inspired Word of God for more than four centuries. Please click this link to see more information about the KJV.)
God’s Words are Tried
(Psa. 18:30) “As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.” The Words of God have been tried (or put to the test); and they have always been true, and have never failed. The LORD is a Buckler, a Shield, a Refuge, and a High Tower; and all that run into Christ are safe from the enemy, for David said in (Psa. 18:2) “The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.” Notice again, David said that God’s truth is his shield, (Psa. 91:4) “He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.” (Psa. 119:114) “Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.” How could David have all his hope based on the Word of God? The answer is, David knew that God’s Word was Pure and Perfect, and had been Tried, and has never failed.
God’s Words are Fitly Spoken
The Words of God are as in (Pro. 25:11) “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.” What a beautiful simile this is; for every word of God is “…fitly spoken.” This means that every Word of God is Perfect, Pure, and Beautiful; and is exactly what is needed for the believer’s supply. Therefore, the writer of the Book of Proverbs says, (Pro. 23:23) “Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.” Why? Because the Words of God are life; eternal life to the believer (John 6:63) “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words (rhēma – the spoken Word of God) that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”
God’s Words are Forever
David closed out Psalms 12 with this final powerful, confident, and all-assuring statement, (Psa. 12:7) “Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.” There are two words to notice in this verse. First, is the word “keep.” This word has reference to the temporal security of the believer, or his security in this physical life (Psa. 23:1-6). The second word is “preserve.” This has reference to all eternity. Dear reader, this is real hope; real security for now, and for all eternity; for the security of the believer is based and founded upon Who God is; He is the only True and Living God, the believer’s Sacrifice, Substitute, and Savior, Who is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End; Who has the keys to death and to eternal life. Hallelujah! Jesus Christ, God in the Flesh, is “The Way, The Truth and The Life” (Jn. 14:6). Jesus Christ is the Living Word of God (Jn. 1:1-4). What God speaks is Truth; (Rom 3:4) “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar…” Reader, if you have doubted the Word of God as being Pure, Perfect, Tried, and Forever; turn from that doubt; for if He is God at all; then He is still God now and forever, and has preserved His Word. Trust His Word of Promise, and make the Word of God your hope now and forever.
God not only “keeps” and “preserves” His Word; but, He “keeps” and “preserves” all those that trust; lean upon; stand upon; and believe His Word; for the Word of God is the Foundation of the Believer. No person living today has seen Christ in person; but, through the Gift of Faith (or through Christ Himself dwelling in the believer) he has a sure witness by the Holy Ghost, that Christ is God, and that he is a child of God, in whom God dwells (Rom. 8:14-16). This witness of the indwelling Christ in the believer is the impetus for all service, and the security of the believer to and for Christ.