1 Samuel 15:24-26
24 Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned. I violated the Lord’s command and your instructions. I was afraid of the men and so I gave in to them. 25 Now I beg you, forgive my sin and come back with me, so that I may worship the Lord.”
26 But Samuel said to him, “I will not go back with you. You have rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord has rejected you as king over Israel!”
Saul’s confession is a hollow one, spoken not so much because he means it but because he’s been caught out. To make it worse, he doesn’t really take responsibility for his actions, he tries to shift the blame on those under him. This is a doubly sinful act, both seeking to deny his failings and attempting to paint others in a bad light. In doing so, isn’t he belittling God, making out that he doesn’t see and know all things.
Help us Lord to be honest and humble, not hiding from you and your holiness, but trusting in your compassionate motivation in dealing with us.