Israel demanded a king. Samuel had to appoint a king. We demand a king of our own lives and must appoint one. Who is king over our lives? Who or what will have our ultimate allegiance? It might be a person or ideology. It might be material possessions or ourselves–comfort, power, or pride. There may be a number of things competing for lordship. But something will rule our hearts. How will we decide?
We often choose by sight, not by faith. In 1 Samuel “people looked at the outward appearance.” As far back as the Garden of Eden, Genesis 3:6 tells us, “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it.”
The good king is not the “best looking,” but the one with the humblest heart (Matthew 11:28-29). “Submit to my rule,” he says, “for I am lowly and so my rule is not oppressive. It is light. It is easy. So you will find rest for your souls.”
That’s the king I would like to choose. Some days I do. Some days I don’t. But some day we’ll all be bowing to Him.