When We Demand A King…

frank-sinatra-1963-billboard-650And now, the end is near; And so I face the final curtain.
My friend, I’ll say it clear, I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain.

I’ve lived a life that’s full. I’ve traveled each and every highway;
And more, much more than this, I did it my way.

Regrets, I’ve had a few; But then again, too few to mention.
I did what I had to do, And saw it through without exemption.

I planned each charted course; Each careful step along the byway,
And more, much more than this, I did it my way.

Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew when I bit off more than I could chew.
But through it all, when there was doubt, I ate it up and spit it out.
I faced it all and I stood tall; And did it my way.

I’ve loved, I’ve laughed and cried. I’ve had my fill; my share of losing.
And now, as tears subside, I find it all so amusing.

To think I did all that; And may I say – not in a shy way,
“Oh no, oh no not me, I did it my way”.

For what is a man, what has he got?If not himself, then he has naught.
To say the things he truly feels; And not the words of one who kneels.
The record shows I took the blows -And did it my way!

Do you recognize those words? Frank Sinatra made them famous, for sure. But we didn’t need Sinatra to sing them in order for us to fell and affirm them. We are a people who often seek to do thing our way.

That is the lesson that comes through from our Bible study this week. Israel wanted it their way. They didn’t want God to be their king. They wanted a king like the nations had. If only they knew what they were really wanting and what they would really get.

If only we knew when we express the same sentiment. We get more than we bargain for when we tell God, “I want to do it my way.”


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