In these passages of scripture Samuel has been serving as priest over the people and the Lord asks him to anoint Saul as King. The thing that I find most interesting in this section is watching Saul’s heart. By the end of this section of scripture he says with his mouth that it’s all for God’s glory, but then ends up erecting a monument in his (Saul’s) honor. The passages that jumps out at me is a very familiar passage where Samuel goes and rebukes Saul by saying,
Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better that the fat of rams.
I pray that would never be said of me. I hope that in everything that I do that it would be about the Lord and not me. I must admit that I have found myself in Saul’s shoes at times. I have tried to take glory for things from time to time. But in the end I have learned time and time again that it’s not about me…it’s all about the Lord.