Week 1

Pastor James McCartney

“The LORD is king forever and ever!”  Psalm 10:16a (NLT2)

“The LORD is king! He is robed in majesty. Indeed, the LORD is robed in majesty and armed with strength. The world stands firm and cannot be shaken. Your throne, O LORD, has stood from time immemorial. You yourself are from the everlasting past….Your reign, O LORD, is holy forever and ever.”

Psalm 93:1-2, 5b (NLT2)

“Come, let us sing to the LORD! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come to him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to him. For the LORD is a great God, a great King above all gods. He holds in his hands the depths of the earth and the mightiest mountains. The sea belongs to him, for he made it. His hands formed the dry land, too. Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the LORD our maker, for he is our God. We are the people he watches over, the flock under his care. If only you would listen to his voice today!”

Psalm 95:1-7 (NLT2)

“You are about to enter the land the LORD your God is giving you. When you take it over and settle there, you may think, ‘We should select a king to rule over us like the other nations around us.’ 

Deuteronomy 17:14 (NLT2)

“If this happens, be sure to select as king the man the LORD your God chooses. You must appoint a fellow Israelite; he may not be a foreigner.”

Deuteronomy 17:15

“The king must not build up a large stable of horses for himself or send his people to Egypt to buy horses, for the LORD has told you, ‘You must never return to Egypt.’ The king must not take many wives for himself, because they will turn his heart away from the LORD. And he must not accumulate large amounts of wealth in silver and gold for himself.”

“When he sits on the throne as king, he must copy for himself this body of instruction on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests. He must always keep that copy with him and read it daily as long as he lives. That way he will learn to fear the LORD his God by obeying all the terms of these instructions and decrees. This regular reading will prevent him from becoming proud and acting as if he is above his fellow citizens. It will also prevent him from turning away from these commands in the smallest way. And it will ensure that he and his descendants will reign for many generations in Israel.”

Deuteronomy 17:16-20 (NLT2)

“What joy for the nation whose God is the LORD, whose people he has chosen as his inheritance.”

Psalm 33:12 (NLT2)

“As Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons to be judges over Israel. Joel and Abijah, his oldest sons, held court in Beersheba. But they were not like their father, for they were greedy for money. They accepted bribes and perverted justice.”

I Samuel 8:1-3 (NLT2)

“Finally, all the elders of Israel met at Ramah to discuss the matter with Samuel.” V. 4

“Look,” they told him, “you are now old, and your sons are not like you. Give us a king to judge us like all the other nations have.” v.

“Samuel was displeased with their request and went to the LORD for guidance.”  V. 6


a)  Sense that something isn't right

b)  Are truly bothered by it

c)  Go to the Lord for wisdom and guidance on what to do

“Do everything they say to you,” the LORD replied…” v. 7a

“Do everything they say to you,” the LORD replied, “for it is me they are rejecting, not you. They don’t want me to be their king any longer. Ever since I brought them from Egypt they have continually abandoned me and followed other gods. And now they are giving you the same treatment. Do as they ask, but solemnly warn them about the way a king will reign over them.”

I Samuel 8:7-9 (NLT2)

“So Samuel passed on the LORD’s warning to the people who were asking him for a king.

“This is how a king will reign over you,” Samuel said. “The king will draft your sons and assign them to his chariots and his charioteers, making them run before his chariots. Some will be generals and captains in his army, some will be forced to plow in his fields and harvest his crops, and some will make his weapons and chariot equipment. The king will take your daughters from you and force them to cook and bake and make perfumes for him. He will take away the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his own officials. He will take a tenth of your grain and your grape harvest and distribute it among his officers and attendants. He will take your male and female slaves and demand the finest of your cattle and donkeys for his own use. He will demand a tenth of your flocks, and you will be his slaves. When that day comes, you will beg for relief from this king you are demanding, but then the LORD will not help you.”

I Samuel 8:10-18 (NLT2)

“But the people refused to listen to Samuel’s warning. “Even so, we still want a king,” they said. We want to be like the nations around us. Our king will judge us and lead us into battle.” So Samuel repeated to the LORD what the people had said, and the LORD replied, “Do as they say, and give them a king.” Then Samuel agreed and sent the people home.”

1 Samuel 8:19-22 (NLT2)

“...when you were afraid of Nahash, the king of Ammon, you came to me and said that you wanted a king to reign over you, even though the LORD your God was already your king.

All right, here is the king you have chosen. You asked for him, and the LORD has granted your request.” 

1 Samuel 12:12-13

“Now if you fear and worship the LORD and listen to his voice, and if you do not rebel against the LORD’s commands, then both you and your king will show that you recognize the LORD as your God.”

I Samuel 12:14

“...if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”

2 Chronicles 7:14 (NLT2)

“But if you rebel against the LORD’s commands and refuse to listen to him, then his hand will be as heavy upon you as it was upon your ancestors.”  

I Samuel 12:15

“Now stand here and see the great thing the LORD is about to do. You know that it does not rain at this time of the year during the wheat harvest. I will ask the LORD to send thunder and rain today. Then you will realize how wicked you have been in asking the LORD for a king!” So Samuel called to the LORD, and the LORD sent thunder and rain that day. And all the people were terrified of the LORD and of Samuel. “Pray to the LORD your God for us, or we will die!” they all said to Samuel. “For now we have added to our sins by asking for a king.”

1 Samuel 12:16-19 (NLT2)

“Don’t be afraid,” Samuel reassured them. “You have certainly done wrong, but make sure now that you worship the LORD with all your heart, and don’t turn your back on him. Don’t go back to worshiping worthless idols that cannot help or rescue you—they are totally useless! The LORD will not abandon his people, because that would dishonor his great name. For it has pleased the LORD to make you his very own people. “As for me, I will certainly not sin against the LORD by ending my prayers for you. And I will continue to teach you what is good and right. But be sure to fear the LORD and faithfully serve him. Think of all the wonderful things he has done for you. But if you continue to sin, you and your king will be swept away.”

1 Samuel 12:16-25 (NLT2)

All creatures of our God and King

Lift up your voice to Him and sing

Oh, praise Him, oh, praise Him

Let all things their Creator bless

And worship Him in humbleness

Oh, praise Him, oh, praise Him,

Alleluia, Alleluia

All glory to our God and King,

Every crown thrown down in offering

Every knee shall bow and voice proclaim

You are God, You are King

You are, You are, You are

Yes You are

All hail the Savior of the world,

Honor and power are His alone

Oh, praise Him, oh, praise Him,

Alleluia, Alleluia

All glory to our God and King,

Every crown thrown down in offering

Every knee shall bow and voice proclaim

You are God, You are King

You are

Oh, praise Him, oh, praise Him,

Oh, praise Him, oh, praise Him,

Oh, praise Him, oh, praise Him,

Oh, praise Him, oh, praise praise,

Oh, praise Him, oh, praise Him,

Oh, praise Him, oh, praise Him

All glory to our God and King,

Every crown thrown down in offering

Every knee shall bow and voice proclaim

You are God, You are King

Oh, praise Him, oh, praise Him,

Oh, praise Him, oh, praise Him,

Oh, praise Him, oh, praise Him,

Oh, praise Him, oh, praise Him

We give You honor, we give You glory

Jesus You alone, You're worthy

My Savior, my Redeemer, my Healer, You are

Yes, Jesus, Jesus You are

Forever, forever, forever

God and King // Rebecca Pfortmiller // Forever Yours