January 8

Flawless Words

And the words of the LORD are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times.
PSALM 12:6

The words of the Lord are flawless. There’s no dross in Christ’s conversation. Men lie, but He is truth. Men deceive, but Jesus enlightens. Men flatter, but the Lord edifies. Men selfishly boast, but Jesus gives the glory to God.
Words can be wonderful or terrible, depending on their source. The Lord’s words are rooted in righteousness. You can trust what God says. His words are appropriate and applicable. It’s the words of heaven that make earth better.
The words of the Lord have stood the test of time. They’ve been tried by fire and have come forth faithful. The Holy Scriptures have received considerable criticism; some “scholars” have stripped them of miracles. Jesus warned there are severe consequences for adding to His Word (Revelation 22:18); God’s Word does not need help. His words have survived the ravishing of faithless liberalism and loveless legalism. The Bible has been burned, belittled, and ignored. Nonetheless the Holy Scriptures are translated into more languages today than ever in the history of mankind. They’ve stood the test of time.

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but [Christ’s] words will never pass away” (Luke 21:33).

So take the Lord’s flawless words by faith. Read them daily and apply them moment by moment. Study them and struggle with them. Seek to understand the context of the Bible and why God chose to speak specific infallible words through fallible followers. The Holy Spirit is the author of the Holy Scriptures (2 Peter 1:21). The pen of men moved under the instruction of divine inspiration. We have a stewardship of truth. Scripture is our handbook for holiness and happiness.
We honor and value His words when we take them to heart. We listen for instruction in our obedience. We listen for encouragement. We listen for rebuke. We listen to the Lord’s flawless words because we know we’re loved by Him. We have infinite access to wisdom. Like a precious jewel, the clarity and form of Christ’s words are flawless and invaluable. They’re matchless compared to man’s meager trinkets. By God’s grace we apply His flawless words to our flawed lives.

“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path” (Psalm 119:105).

Takeaway: How does God’s Word light my path through life? What evidence is there that the Lord’s words are flawless?

Related Readings
2 Samuel 22:31; Psalms 12:6; 18:30; Proverbs 30:5; Hebrews 4:12

By Rev. Michael Mayer

Lutheran Pastor of two small Lutheran Churches in rural SW Ontario.