v20. Now therefore, let not my blood fall to the earth before the face of the Lord: for the king of Israel is come out to seek a flea, as when one doth hunt a partridge in the mountains.
v21. Then said Saul, I have sinned: return, my son David: for I will no more do thee harm, because my soul was precious in thine eyes this day: behold, I have played the fool, and have erred exceedingly.
The word “Sorry” is one of the easiest word to pronounce. But in our society today, it has become one of the heaviest word to be spoken. As little as this word may be, it has great power to set free and to put someone in bondage.
In the above passage we are going to consider two kings, I.e. Saul and David. David was more favored by God to the extend He gave Him the life of Saul on a platter of gold.
Would David take undue advantage over Saul? The answer is “NO”. Rather David made Saul to realize his sin. Here are the words of David:
Wherefore doth my lord thus pursue after his servant? For what have I done? Or what evil is in mine hand?
David acted just like Jesus said, “Love your enemies,” do good to them that hate you. He knew that Saul had been ‘rejected,’ but he was ‘Jehovah’s anointed, and the unction which had rested on that sleeping head lingered still.
Jesus’ prayer,’ Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.’
I have sinned: return, my son David: for I will no more do thee harm, because my soul was precious in thine eyes this day: behold, I have played the fool, and have erred exceedingly.
Have you ever found yourself deep into a heated discussion, only to realize you misunderstood what the other person was saying? Suddenly you feel pretty ridiculous for having jumped to a wrong conclusion.
You might have even spent years acting out some selfish, foolish idea or belief. It can feel humiliating to admit how wrong you were for so long, not to mention the pain of realizing how much harm you’ve caused with your foolishness.
When we admit our guilt and change our ways, we open a path to a better future. But when we refuse to be corrected, we only compound the errors we are already mired in.
God grants forgiveness and compassion to those who ask for it. He says, “Then I will heal you of your unfaithfulness, my love will know no bounds, for my anger will be gone forever.” (Hosea 14:4) Healthy relationships with people and with God require humility and repentance so that we may have restoration.