The role of a king is to rule with the aim of protecting his subjects.
The role of a king is to unify his nation.
The role of a king is to take care of his people.
The role of a king is to provide a safe space within which his people can thrive and flourish.
The role of the king is to grow the kingdom.
The role of the king is to maintain law and order.
The role of a king is bringing blessing into the lives of his subjects.
We see an example of this in the British Monarchy. It is a modern example of the role of a monarch, in this case a queen.
Currently the Queen has been on the throne for 67 years and during her tenure she has had 14 Prime Ministers.
She has been the constant in the midst of constant change.
I remember visiting Windsor Castle one day. It is truly an impressive and awesome place. At the entrance was a big sign that intrigued me: WINDSOR CASTLE, home of the Sovereign for over 900 years.
Think of it this way: In 1492, explorer Christopher Columbus encountered the Americas. These were continents which were completely unknown in Europe, Asia and Africa, and yet 400 years before this discovery, Windsor Castle was already there and already the home of the sovereign.


Throughout history we see the rise and fall of kings and kingdoms.
History and the Bible are full of stories of good kings and bad kings, of kings who lasted many years and those who have come and gone.
Although it is not as popular today as in the past, there is still a fascination with the concept, in many people’s minds.
This fascination is captured for us in novels, stories and many of the Disney movies.
Perhaps it is based on the longing of the human heart to be looked after and taken care of.
In modern times this role has fallen to political leaders, who have, in most cases, failed dismally.
But perhaps it is something that God placed in the human DNA, because He knew that His Kingdom would come and that there would be a King of Kings, Who could be the King of our hearts.
Luke 11:2 He said to them, ‘When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.’
There is a King and His kingdom for you!

SCRIPTURE READING: 1 Samuel 8:1-22

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