There was a great warrior who wandered all the earth in search for a king who was worthy of his skill as a fighter.
He travelled to the sea and met with a king in the castle on the edge of the water. This king owned many great ships to sail the seas. He was a powerful man, but the warrior could see that he was very greedy and worried he might lose his ships in war. He wanted the warrior to fight to protect his wealth.
So the warrior travelled to a desert kingdom in the south. There he met a king who was harsh and cruel to his people. He wanted the warrior’s help to punish those who stood in opposition to his power.
The warrior continued to wander to many other kingdoms without success until he saw a great castle sitting atop a mountain. He stopped at a nearby village and asked the people about the king in the castle on the mountain.
“He is a good man and a good leader. He protects us with his armies. He does not tax us for more than our shares. He is a fair and strong leader.”
The warrior was hopeful that this man would be the one worthy of his service. He left the village and stood at the foot of the mountain path leading up to the castle.
Then he heard a voice. It came from the mountain, not the castle.
“Trust in me alone,” said the voice. It was deep and resounding. His heart was moved by the sound, but he was confused by where it came from.
He looked up to the castle in the mountain wondering if he should go to meet with the good king or listen to the voice from the rock. He looked back from the mountain across the many hills and valleys of the world.
His face looked determined. He placed his hand on the rock and said,
“There will never be a king worthy enough to serve here on earth.”
Then he set out on another journey in search of the voice. He no longer searched for a king to serve. For there was none in all the earth worthy of his praise.
“For the LORD is the great God, the great king over all gods . . . O that today you would listen to his voice! Do not harden your hearts…”Psalm 95:3, 7-8
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