Something that I have been mulling over since I came home from the RealMen’s conference was something Graham Maybury said in one of his messages.
Graham looked at the examples of Saul and David and their response to when a prophet came and told them they were in sin. Saul’s story can be found in 1 Samuel 15 and David’s in 2 Samuel 12.
David responded with a wonderful prayer of confession that is found in Psalm 51. Verse 4 sums it up perfectly when it says, “Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge”.
If we contrast this to Saul’s reply. “I have sinned. But please honor me before the elders of my people and before Israel; come back with me, so that I may worship the LORD your God.”
David’s response was purely about confession before God and getting right with God. Saul’s words were about confessing, but they seemed to be tied to his reputation before the Elders and people of Israel.
I guess the thing that has been rolling around inside me is the man I would prefer to be. I would prefer to be the one who was more interested in getting right with God when I sin, rather than having more concern for the peoples opinion or my reputation.
I really enjoyed RealMen’s and this was one of the key moments that spoke to me.