Bible sunlight

Have you been to court and had to swear to “tell the truth and nothing but the truth so help you God”? I have. In our culture we are expected to be people of our word.

Sometimes, we falsely think we can look a person in the eye and tell if they are telling the truth. Not always so. Once, a man over sixty years old came to me to say he was going to marry a lady that was thirty years his junior. He said she had accepted his proposal, they would soon be married, and he wanted me to perform the ceremony. You guessed it: She wanted nothing to do with him. He was self-deceived—and a creative liar.

Liars are everywhere. The recent college entrance scandal in California reminds us people are capable of great deceptions. Employment applications are no longer immediately trusted to honestly list earned credentials. Unfortunately, we come to expect most politicians to be expedient and self-serving in their promises at election time. I rejoice that I know an honest one personally. We expect our kids to tell the truth and punish them when they don’t. Truth telling, it seems, is at a high premium

David knew something about lies and liars. His world was filled with them, too. In Psalm 12 he prays, “Save, O LORD, for the godly one is gone…Everyone utters lies to his neighbor; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak” (v. 1-2). Psalm 120 cries with great urgency, “In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me. Deliver me, O LORD, from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue (120:1-2). The Bible instructs us with its feet on the ground. Wouldn’t it be healthier to pray these prayers when we have been deceived than to boil over in anger?

David offers striking relief for us in a hot culture of swarming lies—the pure, promised, and protected words of the LORD (12:6). We sing with the Psalmist, “Oh how I love your law! [Scripture] It is my meditation all day long” (119:97)!

The offer of heaven in the presence of Christ is very comforting in many ways. Among the immeasurable ways it will be delightful is the reality that we will live in the presence of Christ Himself, who is “the way, the TRUTH, and the life.” There won’t be lying in heaven and truth will prevail.

Cheryl and I took in “Hello Dolly” last weekend. It is a funny musical about finding love. Did I mention my daughter and granddaughter were radiant as dancers and singers…? Anyhow, marriage was the goal. In several funny, memorable scenes two men tried to present themselves as rich when they were poor in hopes of winning over two admiring ladies. In real life deception isn’t funny.

In heaven, we will approach and adore our Bridegroom—Jesus Himself—and He will relate to us as His bride. It will be a marriage made in heaven, full of trust and pure communications.

I can’t wait!