Devotions From the Heart
“Refine Me Like Silver”
Our prayer is this: Oh My Lord God, refine me as silver, as gold, as a gem in your treasure so that I may glorify you in my body, mind, soul and life. Let me shine Lord for You, my God, my Savior, my Lord for Your Glory and my good.” My life is Yours._TG-RW
“For you, O God, tested us; you refined us like silver.” When visited with affliction, it is of great importance that we should consider it as coming from God, and as expressly intended for our good. It is in reference to this that the Psalmist speaks of their having been tested and refined. At the same time, while he adverts to God’s trying his children with the view of purging away their sin, as dross is expelled from the silver by fire, he would intimate, also, that trial had been made of their patience. The figure implies that their probation had been severe; for silver is cast repeatedly into the furnace. They express themselves thankful to God, that, while proved with affliction, they had not been destroyed by it; but that their affliction was both varied and very severe, appears not only from the metaphor, but from the whole context, where they speak of having been cast into the net, being reduced to straits, men riding over their heads, and of being brought through shipwreck and conflagration.
We went through fire and water. It is noticeable, that the Psalmist speaks of all the cruelties which they had most unjustly suffered from the hands of enemies, as an infliction of Divine punishment; and would guard the Lord’s people against imagining that God was ignorant of what they had endured, or distracted by other things from giving attention to it. In their condition, as here described, we have that of the Church generally represented to us; and this, that when subjected to vicissitudes, and cast out of the fire into the water, by a succession of trials, there may at last be felt to be nothing new or strange in the event to strike us with alarm.
But you brought us to a place of abundance. This is taken metaphorically for a condition of prosperity, the people of God being represented as brought into a pleasant and fertile place, where there is abundance of pasturage. The truth conveyed is, that God, although he visit his children with temporary chastisements of a severe description, will ultimately crown them with joy and prosperity.”_John Calvin
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