Psalm 12 “book-ends” the way of the wicked on either side of the beloved righteous. The prayer begins with David in despair because people he once counted on as those whose foundation for life is based on loving-kindness and grace seem to have disappeared. They are replaced by those who flatter each other as they speak “heart to heart” (the meaning of “double heart”) David calls on the Almighty to “cut off their voice,” to put an end to their flattery and boastful words. He sees them causing pain and affliction, even depression. He probably even feels their cruel words as they come at him like the fire-darts of the enemy (*Ephesians 6:16)
Most of us know what kind of words David has heard. We have received them, we have said them. It can be difficult to not say whatever we want when we feel like we are talking “heart to heart” with a sister or brother in the Almighty. Gossip is sweet to say and bitter to receive. My gram’ma promised me, if peeps are telling me “fun facts” (gossip) about other people, I can be sure that they are saying it about me… and they can know that I talk about them if I talk about others. (…all have sinned… Romans 3:23).
How does YHVH (the LORD) respond to gossip, or falsehood spoken by those who were once faithful to him? Psalm 12:5-7 tells you of his unfailing love for the target. He “stands up for you (5b) and puts you in a bubble of his safety. The Almighty guards you, he keeps you in a hedge of thorns that the enemy cannot penetrate while you heal from the hurt.
Psalm 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words; as silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times. nasu
When you are the innocent party, the target of gossip, are you always innocent? I know that I am not. But the purity of the Almighty’s word allows me to stand when I want to cry or fight back. He may well convict me of sin, but what safer place to deal with your sin then in the hedge of the Almighty’s protective hand? Free from our own guilt we can be strong to again face an unkind world.
What does it mean for God’s word to be like silver refined? The silver ore that is mined is a dull gray rock like substance. It has to be heated in a furnace to remove impurities. When the silver cools it is shinny, prettier, but when the refiner looks at the silver, he cannot see what he is looking for. So he heats it up again, and even more impurity is removed, leaving a purer silver… but that silver is missing what the refiner is looking for also.
We are like rocks with silver in them. When the Almighty chooses us, he refines us. He puts his Spirit into us and starts putting us into situations that “heat us up” to cleanse us of impurities. After every trial we are cleaner, our shine for Him is more obvious. But He doesn’t see what he is looking for so he heats us up again. By the way, NEVER FORGET that the Almighty not only walks through trials with you, he directs you toward them to purify you.
Silver starts to look pretty good after five or six times in the furnace. Impurity may be gone for the most part. We “shine for Y’shua-Jesus” but “shine” is not what the Almighty is looking for when he looks at you. So He heats up the furnace again. The impurities seem to be gone, there is nothing left to release. So what does the Almighty do? He throws in a handful of ashes and suddenly the beauty of the silver, of your life, plunges in your eyes. Why would the Almighty do such a thing? You (the silver) were becoming so pure. You endured trials and shined for Him. Why would he do this to you?
What are the “ashes”? It can be illness, a separation from a death or divorce, it can be a financial change, or even just a move away from all you knew before. Whatever it is, it hurts like nothing else you have ever experienced. Why would the Almighty do that? Why would he do what makes you cry because of your depression? Why?
The Silver refiner is not looking for something that shines for him. He is looking for a reflection of himself. Before he can see that, the impurity must be refined out of the silver. Again and again the silver is heated up and cooled to remove impurity. The raw silver becomes more and more shiny. The refiner never looks away, his eye is ever on the precious silver as it gives up what tarnishes it. He sees the shine but he is always looking for his reflection. Just when the silver is at its cleanest, it is also at its weakest. The impurity that once gave the dull silver ore its structure is gone. So the refiner adds ashes. It strengthens the silver and gives it a reflective quality that it never had before. Finally the refiner can see what he is looking for, he see himself reflected in the silver.
Isaiah 61:3 …To give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness… nkj
Shine for Y’shua-Jesus. It is what we do as the Word of the Almighty purifies us in every trial, even in trials as simple as being the target of gossip (or participating in it). When you shine for Y’shua you are responding correctly to trials. But remember that, while He wants you to shine, that is not what He is looking for, he is looking for his own reflection. It comes when you “die to self”
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Shine for Y’shua. Shine brighter in trials, but if you do not shine right away, trust Him who loves you more then anyone else ever has or will. You cannot always see what He sees with His eyes of love. He loves to see you shine for him, and one day, you will see him reflected in you, as will He. The hope of Glory!
Stand firm beloved, He is coming soon…. And very soon!
Mrs. Hagerty, November 24, 2015
*Ephesians 6:16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. nasu