Psalms 12:6 The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times
Having heard from God, David is reflecting on God’s trustworthiness…
- The purity of God’s person assures the purity of His promises. God is not like some men who often speak rashly what they cannot perform, and deceitfully what they never intend: but all God’s words are pure from all manner of dross; from all manner falsehood, fraud, or uncertainty. There is no mixture of hypocrisy or flattery in His words. His promises are not vain and empty. He is holy and true in all His promises, therefore they shall infallibly be fulfilled.
- It has been suggested that the language does not mean that the furnace was actually made out of earth, but that the furnace was erected on or in the earth. It may refer to some structure near the mines where ore would be purified from dross before it was removed.
- The word “seven” in the Scripture denotes a complete or perfect number, and is often used to denote frequency. The idea here would seem to be that that the process was repeated until the silver became entirely pure.
David was reflecting that the words of the Lord are perfectly pure. There is no mixture of falsehood or deception in it’s promises. God’s words are trustworthy, true, and lasting, they are eternal. This was the confidence of the Psalmist, and it must be our confidence as well.
This is one of the reasons that we need to spend more time in the Word of God – when we read, study, and obey it we are building solidly and the results will endure the testing fire.
1 Cor 3:13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest:for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is
Mark 13:31 Heaven and earth shall pass away:but my words shall not pass away