Words are a powerful tool. Through the use of our words, we bless or we condemn.
As David wrote this psalm, there were no more “honest” people left. Everyone around him spoke empty, meaningless and “feel good” words. Faithful words had been replaced with false meaning and flattery. Words of self promoting and not Savior priority. Nice to hear yet as useless as “clouds without rain“. (Prov 25:14) Concerning this psalm, Spurgeon wrote, “Flattery is the sign of the tavern where duplicity is the host.”
The psalmist longed for the solely devoted purpose and single minded purity of God. In analysis of the times, he writes, “The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times. You, O Lord, will keep them; you will guard us from this generation forever.” (Ps 12:6, 7)
The Word we espouse is pure – it contains no error, no duplicity, no flattery. It lifts up One, alone.
The Word we examine is practical – it changes lives.
The Word we exegete is powerful – it confronts, convicts, counsels and comforts.
Today, hold with firmness and faithfulness, His Words. They are tried. They are true. They are timely.
“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any double-edged sword, piercing even to the point of dividing soul from spirit, and joints from marrow; it is able to judge the desires and thoughts of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)