I Samuel 10:17-27 Saul As King Instead Of The LORD God.
There is a message here which is connected with the previous verse which we all miss, that we are often more concerned with the loss of our donkeys then we are with the flow of salvation history, that the LORD God intends that his kingdom come, and his will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Cf. Mt. 6:10). As Preached by Samuel, the LORD God had delivered his people from bondage in Egypt for this purpose (vv. 17-18). But they rejected God their saviour and asked for a human king instead (v. 19). Samuel had all the tribes assemble and eventually “Saul the son of Kish was chosen” (v. 21).
Saul was hidden but not from the LORD, however, we are not told why (v. 22). He is brought before the people as the one chosen by the LORD and “all the people shouted and said, ‘Long live the King!’” (v. 24) “Then Samuel explained to the people the behavior of royalty,” essentially explaining why they made a mistake (v. 25). Valiant men followed with Saul, men “whose hearts God had touched” (v. 26), but some despised him, but Saul “held his peace” (v. 27). People’s hearts must be touched if they are to serve the LORD without fear. The Spirit changed Saul and now the men who served with him.