Samuel followed the word of God and judged Israel, yet the people desired a king.
“‘Now appoint a king for us to judge us like all the nations.’ But the thing was displeasing in the sight of Samuel when they said, ‘Give us a king to judge us.’ And Samuel prayed to the LORD. And the LORD said to Samuel, ‘Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them.'” ~ 1 Samuel 8:5b-7
So a king was chosen by God and anointed by Samuel.
“And Saul the son of Kish was taken; but when they looked for him, he could not be found. Therefore they inquired further of the LORD, ‘Has the man come here yet?’ So the LORD said, ‘Behold, he is hiding himself by the baggage.’ So they ran and took him from there, and when he stood among the people, he was taller than any of the people from his shoulders upward. And Samuel said to all the people, ‘Do you see him whom the LORD has chosen? Surely there is no one like him among all the people.’ So all the people shouted and said, ‘Long live the king!'” ~ 1 Samuel 10:21b-24
Samuel had already been told by God that Saul was the man He had chosen. And Saul had already been told by Samuel that God had chosen him to be king over Israel. The event described in the above verses was for the benefit of the people, to affirm to them that God had chosen Saul specifically, from among all of the tribes and families.
I find it absolutely amazing that Saul, the “brave” man who would become their king and lead them into many battles, was hiding! And God told them where he was! ‘He is hiding himself by the baggage.’
Hmm, there really is nothing hidden from the eyes of God. He knows EVERYTHING about us. So you might as well “‘fess up” and face whatever is coming. God knows, but He also is always with us. “God [is] our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” ~ Psalm 46:1 (KJV) Don’t forget that, either. 🙂
The sons of Israel embraced their new king, “‘Long live the king!'”, effectively rejecting the direct rule of their King of kings, the LORD God Himself, and setting themselves up for many a heartache and disappointment. Men make mistakes and choose foolishly. God alone is perfect and just.
Choose God to be King of your life. “The LORD [is] my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” ~ Psalm 23:1-3 (KJV)