Chapter 8 tells us how Israel got a King. The text is pretty clear here. The Lord told Samuel that it wasn’t him the people were rejecting. They were rejecting God. They wanted to be like the other nations around them, while God wanted them to be different. The people wanted a human king, rather than God. This is the essence of all sin. Something is put in the place of God in our lives and we end up giving priority, or worshipping, something or someone other than God. It’s called idolatry. Every idol is a witness to man’s need for God. When people reject the true God, they must put something in His place to meet that need. Human beings must have a god. If they fail to accept the true God, they will worship a false god.

Lord, help me to recognize and acknowledge your kingship over my life.  I do not want to reject you as my King. Help me to worship only you and to love you with my whole heart, soul, mind and strength.