Saul became king and quickly learned to fight the right enemy as he loved God and served people. He rallied the troops, fought the Ammonite attackers, and won the battle. Everyone was praising God for the victory.
Then the people exclaimed to Samuel, "Now where are those men who said, 'Why should Saul rule over us?' Bring them here, and we will kill them!" (1 Samuel 11:12 NLT)
They were praising God, but not loving people. They wanted Saul to act like all the other kings – eliminating his detractors. Saul, however, chose God’s way instead.
But Saul replied, "No one will be executed today, for today the LORD has rescued Israel!" (1 Samuel 11:13 NLT)
A perfect king follows the real King. A perfect king gives glory to the real King. A perfect king represents The One True King. Saul, this day, was being the perfect king.
Then Samuel said to the people, "Come, let us all go to Gilgal to renew the kingdom." So they all went to Gilgal, and in a solemn ceremony before the LORD they made Saul king. Then they offered peace offerings to the LORD, and Saul and all the Israelites were filled with joy. (1 Samuel 11:14-15 NLT)
How about you? Do you follow the real King? Do you give glory to the real King? Do you represent The One True King?