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2 Samuel 1:1-4, 11-12, 19, 23-27
Psalm 80:2-3, 5-7
Mark 3:20-21

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the big difference

“Alas! the glory of Israel, Saul, slain upon your heights.” —2 Samuel 1:19

Saul and David were similar in that they both were:

  • handsome,
  • kings,
  • anointed with the Spirit,
  • powerful,
  • disobedient,
  • murderous and violent, and
  • serious sinners.

Saul and David were dissimilar in that David repented, while Saul did not repent. Saul became involved in the occult (1 Sm 28:8ff) and eventually committed suicide (1 Sm 31:4).

The Lord would have had mercy on Saul if only he had prayed as David did: “Have mercy me, O God, in Your goodness; in the greatness of Your compassion wipe out my offense. Thoroughly wash me from my guilt and of my sin cleanse me” (Ps 51:3-4). The Lord likewise will have mercy on us if we will only repent and cry out: “Lord, have mercy!”

Prayer:  “A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me. Cast me not out from Your presence, and Your Holy Spirit take not from me. Give me back the joy of Your salvation, and a willing spirit sustain in me” (Ps 51:12-14).

Promise:  “Rouse Your power and come to save us.” —Ps 80:3

Praise:  Allowing God into their marriage made all the difference for Joe and Denise.

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