We read these words and lament.
We lament for the people then.
We lament for the people now.
“But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” So Samuel prayed to the Lord.
“And the Lord said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them.
“According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt, even to this day—with which they have forsaken Me and served other gods—so they are doing to you also.
“Now therefore, heed their voice. However, you shall solemnly forewarn them, and show them the behavior of the king who will reign over them.”
“So Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who asked him for a king. And he said, “This will be the behavior of the king who will reign over you: He will take your sons and appoint them for his own chariots and to be his horsemen, and some will run before his chariots.
“He will appoint captains over his thousands and captains over his fifties, will set some to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and some to make his weapons of war and equipment for his chariots.
“He will take your daughters to be perfumers, cooks, and bakers. And he will take the best of your fields, your vineyards, and your olive groves, and give them to his servants.
“He will take a tenth of your grain and your vintage, and give it to his officers and servants.
“And he will take your male servants, your female servants, your finest young men, and your donkeys, and put them to his work.
“He will take a tenth of your sheep. And you will be his servants.
“And you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, and the LORD will not hear you in that day.”
“Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, “No, but we will have a king over us, that we also may be LIKE all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.”
I Samuel 8:6-20
O Father. We see the error of their ways and we reap it to this day. But We Say! The LORD is our King. The LORD is our provider and protector. The LORD goes before us in battle. Jesus is the LORD of lords and King of kings and above him there is no other.
We ask you to open the hearts and the minds of the people to forsake their wicked and wandering ways and to look to Jesus. The author and the finisher of our faith. The one who made a way. The one who healed the sick. The one who set the captives free. The one who gives freedom all across God’s green earth.
We ask you to open the eyes of America. Open the eyes of Israel. Open the eyes of the Nations.
Let them see the LORD high and lifted up with his train filling the temple.
Let them see the Angel Armies and know that there are more for us than against us.
Let them see the Glory of the LORD as he cleanses the earth from debauchery and perversion and how He makes all things beautiful and new!
We thank you, O Holy One, that you remain on the throne. You remain in control of this earth and all who dwell therein. You remain the King of Kings seated on the throne with the hosts of heaven crying “Holy Holy Holy LORD God Almighty who was and is and is to come!” Revelation 4:8
O Hallelujah! All praises be to the King! Nothing can remove the scepter from your hand. Nothing can remove your Kingdom. Nothing can remove us from your Presence. Nothing can separate us from your love, your care and your watchful eye.
We stand on Your Word and we declare that “in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
“For I am PERSUADED that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,
“nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
We say! All Hail King Jesus! The righteous king and the righteous judge!
So be it! In Jesus name.