“But they have rejected me from being king over them” (v7). Until this point, the Israelite tribes had functioned without a king; they had prophets, priests, and sometimes judges, but God was supposed to be their King. Now, disappointed with their corrupt priests and judges and wanting to be like other nations, they asked for a human king. Samuel warned them that in rejecting God’s leadership, they were accepting a power that would also exploit them, but they insisted.
“I brought them out of Egypt” (v8). Other people or ideas might claim to be “the answer” to our problems, but God is our true Deliverer, Savior, and King, and His rule is always for our good.