In our last episode, Israel asked an aging Samuel to appoint a king over them before his death. Samuel warned them about what a king would demand from them, but the people urged him all the more. Ultimately, the concern is not so much that they want a king, but that they were looking to the role of king as a source of strength, protection, and provision. All along, God had been their strength, their protection, and their provider, but they failed to trust in Him. As Samuel installs Saul as king in today’s reading, take note of Samuel’s heart for his people and for the glory of God.