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“Because the poor are plundered, because the needy groan, I will now arise,” says the LORD; “I will place him in the safety for which he longs.” The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.Psalm 12:5-6
The poet’s view of the Bible is so concrete and immediately relevant to him. He uses this image of refined silver as a word-picture for the flawless word of God – a metal with a visible value of perfectly smelted purity. But for him, this isn’t a dusty doctrine. It’s about a book, that’s for sure, but it’s not just sitting on a shelf. This isn’t merely some conviction, idea, or concept. Far from it! He doesn’t think about a theology of inerrancy. It’s there, but that’s just taken for granted. He isn’t interested in debates on biblical inspiration. He’s counting on all that. It had a very plain meaning to him right where he was. Broke, used, needy, groaning, and longing for safety. God hears those sorts of folks! What is the doctrine of inerrancy? It means this – on the ground, where we live and work and sweat – God has spoken out about His attitude and His response to your need, He has heard your groaning, and He will arise! The I AM Himself will get up and do something about it. Alert Him today of how often you’ve felt used, how you feel so vulnerable, how much you want to be safe. Call on Him! His words, His promises, His eagerness to answer – those are all pure and perfect words. As true as Truth Himself who says, “Truly, truly I say to you, before any man was, I AM!” And that’s the point, isn’t it? Someone that amazing and eternal promises to be that available for our every crisis. Amen and Amen!