I have been speaking at a camp this week as I said earlier. Throughout the week we have looked at 4 earthly kings: Saul, David, Solomon, and Josiah. Each of these kings has lessons for us today in leadership, but also lessons in remembering who the true king is.
Today will be the last lesson, and it is on the King of Kings, Jesus. When the Israelites originally asked for a king, Samuel was troubled. But God reminded him that the people were not rejecting Samuel, but God. The people had a great king in the Lord, but they wanted a king like everyone else. And that is what they got.
The kings were tyrants, wishy-washy, idol-worshippers, and sometimes men who led the people back to God. It was a confusing and messy time, especially after Solomon's reign was over. Good king followed a bad king. A bad king was succeeded by an even worse king.
The sons of Korah in Psalm 47 realized that these earthly kings were not what the people then, or today, needed. Listen.
"For God is the King of all the earth;
sing to him a psalm of praise.
God reigns over the nations;
God is seated on his holy throne.
The nobles of the nations assemble
as the people of the God of Abraham,
for the kings of the earth belong to God;
He is greatly exalted."
We need to remember this as did the Israelites. It is no different today. We cannot look to earthly leaders to solve all our problems. They are men and women just like us. God is the one who reigns over the nations. He is seated on His holy throne. We can trust in Him. He sent His Son Jesus to show us what He looked like. Jesus was not a a tyrant. He was not wishy-washy. He was not an idol-worshipper. He was the servant king who came to show people the way to God, and provide the Way. He is the one who showed us how to follow the King of all the earth with your heart, mind, soul, and strength.
So today pray for our leaders, and remember who is the true ruler of the earth and praise Him for His excellence.