Psalm Twelve: Less Than Best

Posted: September 26, 2012 in Interlude (Psalms)

I must admit I’m sometimes amused at the lengths to which we’ll go to have the best of something. Whether it’s a new car with a bit more horsepower, or the latest smartphone with the coolest features- perhaps even a bottle of drinking water that’s been “enhanced” and purified a bajillion times…we like the best. That’s probably why so many of us are in debt. It’s also the driving motivation in the diamond and gold industry: purer equals better. Purest equals best.

This isn’t a foreign concept to us, and yet we seem to have a large blind spot concerning a very important item of purity: God’s Word. David tells us in Psalm 12:6 that “The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.” Now David doesn’t toss out the number “seven” incidentally. It’s the Biblical number of perfection. He’s telling us that everything that God speaks is perfect. It’s wholesome. They are the best words we could ever hear.

So why is it that we find it so much easier to read a magazine or the latest work from our favorite novelist while our Bibles lay around unused until we pick it up and take it to church with us? How is it I’m able to read the Hunger Games trilogy in less than a week and yet four pages from the Old Testament “takes too long”? Why is it that we ignore what’s best for our hearts and minds while we’re eager to pollute ourselves with other things? I’m not saying it’s inherently wrong to enjoy these other things…but there’s got to be something wrong when we’ll read anything but our Bibles. Oh, that God would change us!

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