The Words of the Lord

“The words of the LORD are pure words; As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times” (Psalm 12:6).
You can count on the Word of God; it is pure. Like silver refined in a furnace seven times, the word of God tests true. Silver melts at 1,861 degrees Fahrenheit. Those who worked the silver would heat it up more than once to get all the dross out. Silver refined seven times was virtually free of any imperfection. Until about 500 B.C., silver was the most valuable metal in the Near East. Thus, in most of the Old Testament it is given a priority over gold. The words of God are like the very finest silver. They were the most valuable thing David could own.
How valuable are the promises of God to you? Do you take seriously his promise of forgiveness? The promise of heaven?
How binding are the laws of God upon you? Do you take seriously his commandments to live the holy life and to obey the truth?
How you value God will manifest itself in how well you believe and conform to his Word. James spoke of the fellow who deluded himself by listening to God’s word and walking away from its teachings. James said, “the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing” (James 1:25).
God’s Word is tested. Is your heart tested and proven true? When God looks down at your heart, does he see it as “refined seven times”? Solomon said in Proverbs 17:3, “The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests hearts.”
A doer who acts upon the word of God will find his heart and soul refined like silver. James 1:12 says, “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” The tried and proven word is trying and proving you. Will you meet the test?

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