Deuteronomy 16:14 “When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you and have taken possession of it and settled in it, and you say, ‘Let us set a king over us like all the nations around us…’”
After the time of the judges and in the days of Samuel the prophet, the people desired and demanded a king to be installed over them like their neighboring countries. Because of the hard hearts, the people received their king from God, whom they rejected once more. Saul was made king from among them, who was appointed by God. These two things in Moses’ prophecy they did right. The rest of the prophecy came true but was not followed by the later kings, save David.
Moses went on to say that the king had to the following (vv. 16-20): (1) “must not acquire great numbers of horses for himself,” (2) “make the people return to Egypt to get more of them [horses], for the LORD has told you, ‘You are not to go back that way again,’” (3) “must not take many wives, or his heart will be led astray,” (4) “must not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold,” (5) “write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the Levitical priests,” (6) keep the copy of the law with him, (7) “read it [the law] all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the LORD his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees,” (8) “not consider himself better than his fellow Israelites,” and (9) and [not] turn from the law to the right or to the left.” By doing so the king “and his descendants will reign a long time over his kingdom in Israel.”
The kings of northern Israel never did these things. The Davidic kings were a hit-and-miss group with some doing so and others not. Solomon broke all of these guidelines and really brought trouble upon himself and the Hebrew people. Even before Saul was made king, Samuel also warned the people that the kings would take away their sons and daughters and food and goods and money, which God did not and would not do. They wanted to be ruled by man rather than God the King of kings.
Who rules the kingdom of your heart? Do you serve the King of kings, or do you serve man? Who is your King? The Creator? The created? Paul wrote that people in ancient times exchanged the truth for a lie and worshiped the created rather than the Creator. When we serve self (the created), God the Creator is relegated to second chair. He cannot be King of our lives when we hold the scepter. We must relinquish command to the Commander. If we continue to hold on to the reins, we live in sin and will never experience the blessing God wants to give us. Instead we would rather suffer the constraints and demands of self and self-imposed slavery to sin and deny ourselves the blessings of the King.
Let us turn from our wicked ways, Confess our sins, and Allow God to sit upon His throne of heaven and earth (the footstool) but also the throne of our hearts. If we are His children, then we must serve Him and not self. He must be King and be allowed to lead us and guide into all truth; otherwise, we fool ourselves and will continue to miss out on all that God has in store for us.