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Give Us a King to Judge Us

May 25, 2015

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Give Us  a King  to Judge Us

When under stress,  it’s easy  to become faithless.     We all have times  when we stumble around  and wonder  if God will help us.     The people  of Israel  were the same.     Samuel was old  —  his sons showed  that they were incapable  of leading Israel  —  in their faithlessness,  the Israelites demanded  a regular king,  like the other nations.     In 1 Samuel 8:6  they said,

Give us a king  to judge us.

They were rejecting  God Almighty  as their king.     In allowing them  to be like the rest  of the world,  God told them  the harsh consequences  of a worldly king.     ( 1 Samuel chapter 8 )     The people still  stubbornly insisted  on a king.     So,  God set up Saul  from the tribe  of Benjamin  to be their king.     Then began  Israel’s lesson  from God.

Saul believed  in God,  but had a weak faith  —  plus,  in time,  he became proud  and very possessive  of his power  as king.     That was evident  in his sins  of faithlessness.     In preparing for a battle  with the Philistines,  Saul was directed  to wait  for Samuel  to arrive  and offer a sacrifice  to the LORD.     Samuel was later  than expected  that day,  so Saul  authoritatively  took it upon himself  to offer the sacrifice,  instead of trusting  God’s control over all things.     When Samuel arrived,  he told Saul  in 1 Samuel 13:13-14,

You have acted foolishly…….     The LORD  has sought out  for Himself  a man  after His own heart,  and the LORD  has appointed him  as ruler over His people,  because you  have not kept  what the Lord commanded you.

Saul’s kingship was coming  to an end.     All this happened  in God’s control.     We are  to take a lesson  from that.     The fact is  that in Genesis 49:10,  it was prophesied  around 356 years beforehand  that Israel’s true king  would be  from the tribe  of Judah.

The scepter  shall not depart  from Judah,
Nor the ruler’s staff  from between his feet,
Until Shiloh comes,
And to him  shall be the obedience  of the peoples.

That prophecy  is saying  that Jesus  is our true,  eternal King  —  and that Jesus  would be born  from a line  of kings  from the tribe  of Judah.     God keeps His word.     All this shows  how good it is  to trust God  above all  to rule over us.

That means  that we should faithfully trust  in the LORD  in every circumstance.     Knowing God’s almighty,  loving control,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for making us Your people.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

 

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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