To Tell the Truth

To the leader. Of David. A Psalm.

O Lord, you have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up
  you discern my thoughts from far away.
You search out my path and my lying down,
    and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
    O Lord, you know it completely.
You hem me in, behind and before,
    and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
    it is so high that I cannot attain it.”
Where can I go from your spirit?
    Or where can I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there;
    if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there.
If I take the wings of the morning
    and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,
    and your right hand shall hold me fast.

11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
    and the light around me become night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
    the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light to you.
13 For it was you who formed my inward parts;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
    Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret,
    intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written
    all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed.
17 How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 I try to count them—they are more than the sand;
    I come to the end—I am still with you.
19 O that you would kill the wicked, O God,
    and that the bloodthirsty would depart from me—
20 those who speak of you maliciously,
    and lift themselves up against you for evil!

21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?
    And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
22 I hate them with perfect hatred;
    I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my thoughts.
24 See if there is any wicked way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting.
(Psalm 139:1-24, NRSV)

When prime time shows season ended, not long ago, it was time for reruns. There were several reasons people didn’t object too much to reruns. They often hadn’t seen it before.

Three fairly recent phenomena changed that. We have mant networks. I don’t know how many. But, these new networks, drew an audience by running new shows while the old networks reruns. Those three three lost the ratings battle on many fronts.

Akso impacting things was internet programming on demand. When the three networks could keep shows from earlier, I can watch at my convenience more often than not, without commercials.

Fon’t forget about your DVR.

Anyway, it made the networks start to scramble for programming that they could do with lower production costs in place of reruns.

Bringing in newer, cheaper shows to make, principally reality TV, the costs of more expensive shows could be spread over they year.

Oh, and Covid-19 didn’t help. We sometimes saw sports, now, not an option either.

Now it’s game shows. Since mid-March I have seen these games either shown or advertised on my local network affiliates. These shows were on in my lifetime, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Match Game, To Tell the Truth, Family Feud, Press Your Luck, Let’s Make a Deal, Card Sharks, $100,000 Pyramid, and The Joker’s Wild.

We have newer entries like Ultimate Tag, Don’t, and Holey Moley. The reasons for this renaissance is that these shows are cheaper and with Corona these shows are easier to maintain social distancing.

So, for the last few weeks, I have become a game show fan again. Last night 9:00 we watched To Tell the Truth. Last night I thought, “Tomorrow’s Blog.”

The show is hosted by Anthony Anderson and his mother and four celebrity contestants. Three panelists come out, one telling the truth, two lying. The contestants ask questions. When time us up the contestants pick who is telling the truth.

It is difficult for we mere mortals to know who is telling the truth. Out of the four “games” I got two right but it was luck. One game the three contestants talked about getting bit by a decapitated rattlesnake. The guy lost two fingers.

As I watched I realized these people can lie. I couldn’t tell most of the time. And, just like in real life, there’s no sign above them saying who is lying.

Psalm 139 reminds us one who knows us better than we know ourselves. The psalmist says God knows the song before we sing. “O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up you discern my thoughts from far away. You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.”

The psalmist says God knows all about us. Matthew and Luke say the same. God knows us so well, God counted every hair on our heads.

It reminds me, I can fool people. I will never fool God.

Be Blessed

In Search of the Genuine,

Copyright 2020, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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