Silver Refined in a Furnace Seven Times

For the next few days I’ll be posting some articles from my seminary pastor and friend Chris Robins.  Always insightful, refreshing, and well written his articles will do your soul much good.

Chris Robins:

Psalm 12:5-6, “Because of the oppression of the weak and the groaning of the needy, I will now arise,” says the LORD. “I will protect them from those who malign them.” And the words of the LORD are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay, purified seven times.”

David isn’t writing a systematic theology.

No dusty books were strapped to his horse’s back in the hard days of little food, zero comfort, and eluding Saul’s manhunt. I picture the hot Palestinian sun overhead, the banging sound of the smithy nearby, watching the slow pour of pure silver worked and reworked until it was bright as ice. David was a man of the fields and streams, of war and work. All of those experiences created poetic images for worship and the metaphors he used to describe God’s love. So he describes the word, the Scripture. Something without any imperfections, beautiful to adorn and a treasure for whoever owns it.

We call it by the names inerrancy, sufficiency, and infallibility – and that’s good. Those are clear words, describing in detail what exactly the Bible is. But our passion for those ideas should be like David’s. Inerrancy is just an abstraction until you sit weak and needy, and your heart growls with fear. Inerrancy becomes the treasure beyond price, for it means no promise, big or small, can ever fail. When you don’t understand what’s happening to your kids. When your marriage feels more fragile than ever. When conflict is more common in your life than friendship. That’s when you need inerrancy. His word can speak no errors. Silver would have to stop being on the Periodic table first. It’s elemental to all that is or can be.

I say this to my heart right now: know this, your God has spoken about your need and has seen your weakness. He will arise. He will get up and do something about it. His promises and His answers are flawless. And who has made this more true than Christ Himself? Our Word who arose on the third day? In His name I ask You to protect and provide.


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