In today’s psalms, we see David elevate the word of God:
- “The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times, You shall keep them, O Lord, You shall preserve them from this generation forever” (Psalm 12:6-8).
- “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether” (Psalm 19:7-9).
Many say the number seven in the Bible represents completion and divine perfection. We first see the number seven in the beginning of the story, during the Creation Era, when the Lord created for six days and then rested on day seven. The seven day period of creation, including the day of rest, laid the foundation for our week. According to my research, the number seven appears over seven hundred times in the Bible and over eight hundred times if you factor in 7th and seven-fold. When the perfect Savior, Jesus Christ, arrives on the scene, He is going to declare Himself to be the seven-fold “I Am”: “I am the bread of life” (John 6:35), “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12), “I am the door” (John 10:9), “I am the true vine” (John 15:1), “I am the good shepherd” (John 10:11), “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25), and “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).
When David says that the Lord’s words are pure and have been purified seven times, David is saying that the word of God is perfect, without error. Later in the story, Paul will tell us why it is so important for us to know the word of God – “All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16).
So how do we know the Bible is true? Well, lots of reasons, but I’m going to list three:
1) The Bible is the only book that predicts future events that actually happen. Plus, it is made up of sixty-six books written by over forty authors over a one thousand five hundred year period in three different languages, and it all goes together to tell One Story!
2) There are numerous outside manuscripts and archeological findings that support events recorded in the Bible.
3) Many have been killed over the years trying to pass this story along. Once we get to Jesus’ resurrection, we will read about men who go from being scared and hiding to boldly proclaiming the Good News of Jesus. Most of these men will eventually be brutally murdered for their faith, but the story of Jesus will continue to spread. In 1536, William Tyndale, an English scholar, was strangled and burned at the stake for translating the Bible into English for us to read today. And there are many, many more testimonies of people laying down their lives to spread this story. Why would they do that? Because they encountered the living God and it forever changed their lives. Would all these people, over all these years, do that for a story that wasn’t true?!
As King David says today, “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek God” (Psalm 14:1-2).
The Lord is always assessing His creation as we saw during the Creation Era when God looked down and saw nothing but evil and wickedness in the hearts and minds of the people; so the Lord sent a flood to destroy the earth. However, there was salvation for the ones who believed in the Lord and believed that His word was true. Noah and his seven family members were saved by grace through faith, and that same salvation is available today for anyone who puts his trust in Jesus Christ.
Let’s continue together in the pursuit of knowing the Lord as He has revealed Himself through His word, so keep reading. (Psalms 12-17, Psalms 19-21)