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Psalm 66:9 For you, O God, have proved us; you have tried us just as silver is tried.
Science provides one answer. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, silver is prized for its workability and resistance to corrosion. Further, its unusual electron configuration means that silver reflects all light.
The psalmist seems to say that when we allow ourselves to be worked by the hands of God the Creator, we will have a natural and divinely planted hedge of protection, helping us resist the corrosive effects of our selfishness and sin. And we will be formed and fashioned into something more beautiful, reflecting all the light of God’s love.
MOVING FORWARD: Do a little bit of your own research about silver. Explore where (and why!) it appears in other places in scripture.