So the Israelites, because they wanted to be like the other nations around them, asked Samuel for a king. Knowing that the Lord alone was King of Israel, Samuel objected. But God told him even though they were rejecting God as their King to go ahead and appoint a king for Israel. So Samuel warned the people about what a human king would do to them: draft their sons into armies and wage endless wars, conscript them to make weapons of war and to tend his fields; take their daughters to work for him; tax their fields and vineyards until eventually they all became slaves to the king and the kingdom (1 Samuel 8:10-18). And so it came to be that Israel experienced a succession of human kings who did just what God had said.
For reflection: Who is king in my life? Has anyone or anything enslaved me?
Let us pray. Father, I repent of not putting you first in my life. I declare today that you are my king and you are above all else in my life. I want to weed out all the other things I have allowed to crowd you off the throne. I repent of and reject all addictions in my life, everything that separates me from you. Please show me how to change my life.