If you were going to teach your young child what truth is, and what God thinks of it, would you teach the first part of Proverbs 12:22 or the second?
Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.
The second half of this verse David and I talked about yesterday. My desire is first to teach that God loves truth tellers as I am still teaching what truth is (I’m not confident David understands the concept yet). Then, when he knows what truth is, and how delightful it is to God, then I’ll teach that God hates lying.
It seems to fit best the positive pattern of Psalm 78 that is wrapped around my heart. But perhaps I’m avoiding the “negative” side of God. I’m trying to keep things simple by not giving all the verse yet, but perhaps I should be giving the whole thing. But even still, I still will emphasize one part or the other. The construction of the proverb places the emphasis on the second half I think. Just thinking out loud…