The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. (verse 17).
I Samuel 13 and 15; II Samuel 7; 11-12:14, and 24; Psalm 51
The reoccurring theme in this lesson is the power of repentance. The question that arises is: Why is David, whose sins were just as bad as Sauls, considered the more righteous of the two kings? The answer is that David was more repentant. When David sinned, he never argued with God. He immediately repented, and did whatever it took to get on good terms with God again, even if it meant sacrificing his own well being. Saul, on the other hand, argues with God after sinning, and in some cases doesnt repent at all. It is for this reason that David is the more righteous of the two kings. Repentance is extremely important and powerful in the eyes of God.
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