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As the shoot from Jesse’s stem, as the wisdom of the Spirit coursing through Proverbs, so is this Psalm itself as purified silver set against the rough darkness of the sins of which the psalmist speaks.
Once again the number seven occurs—symbol of completion. How would it be for you to encounter the Word of the Lord at each one of seven hours in your day? As corks holding up a net, the purifying power of God’s Word cleanses your heart seven times.
Though fire hurts, it burns away the dross, the darkness, the dirt that blemishes the heart before God. As long as your heart is beating and your lungs have breath, your suffering can prepare your heart for purity and joy. Better the fire on this side of the grave than the one on the other!
You, O Lord, my only help v. 1
Your promise: silver refined v. 6
You, Lord, will protect us. v. 7
You guard us from all evil. v. 7
This is the Seventh Week in Epiphany, Year A.
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Wednesdays are dedicated to the Psalms,
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