We have a cunning child. One who, like most people, hates to admit being wrong and will slip in a half-truth or outright outlandish tale if it might shift the blame. This same child, earlier this week was upset that someone on the playground at school told a crazy fib for attention — my child wanted to make sure everyone knew this other kid was LYING.
As a parent, I’m not sure what to do about lying. For sure, I know that I don’t catch every lie. But, I was thinking about what God says about it, and I want to ponder these verses and apply them to my life. I want this particular child to likewise ponder these verses and apply them. May they take root in our hearts today. Amen.
O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue, you know it completely, O LORD. — Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say”Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. (Psalm 139:1-4, 7-12). Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place. Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. — You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. (Psalm 52:6-10, 16-17).
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. (Psalm 52:1-2). His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of a man; the LORD delights in those who fear in him, who put their hope in his unfailing love. (Psalm 147:10-11).
According to these verses — what does the Lord know about us? (Psalm 139:1,2) What does the Psalmist do to hide from God? In concrete language, what are some of the ways you have tried to hide from God? According to Psalm 52:6, what does God desire? Do you desire truth in your inmost heart? Why/why not? What are the sacrifices God finds pleasing? Psalm 52:1 says that God forgives us according to what? What does Psalm 147:10-11 say God delights in? Have you felt sad, frustrated, ashamed or angry lately? What have you been placing your hope in lately — what have you been depending on for your salvation and assurance?