by John Barnett

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Learning from Failure (21 of 37)
Series: Authentic Christian Living
John Barnett
Psalm 32

It is going to be a real joyful time looking at Psalm 32. But before we get there, I want you to look at 1 Samuel 13. I would like us to soberly look at a story of two men and 1 Samuel 13 introduces the topic to us; when David and Saul confronted their own sinfulness. King David was the second king of Israel. King Saul was the first king of the nation of Israel. When those two men came together they confronted sin in their own lives, at different times. They faced sin and they faced their failure and amazingly their response to sin is so utterly, totally opposite of one another. I just want to paint that picture before we get into David's life because this morning as we soberly look at a story of two men-we look at men- David and Saul- who towered over their generations; men who held the highest offices to be had on earth.

Yet from their privileged positions, one is elevated to heavenly proportions and the other, King Saul, slips hellishly down from the pinnacle that God had placed him as king of His people.

One started a royal line that shall never end. Even to this day his name is spoken and sung with the joys of heaven. The other ended his miserable earthly life apostate, hardened and distant from God. Blinded by bitterness, driven by pride, shackled by fear he spends his last supper with a witch at Satan's side, dines on an ox roasted by a fire that would soon roast his tormented soul.

Yes, King Saul and King David are a striking contrast in so many ways. I am going to read a few verses before I show you 1 Samuel 13: 8.

The Life of David The Life of Saul
2 Samuel 7:8 ''Now therefore, thus shall you say to My servant David, 'Thus says the Lord of hosts: ''I took you from the sheepfold, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people, over Israel. But the PEOPLE PICKED SAUL: It is interesting how their lives started.
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