Fealty to God's King breaks life's sin cycle. Before the Monarchy is established in Israel, the people repeatedly fall into apostasy which leads to judgment, from which they return to God who raises up a deliverer for a time before they fall back into apostasy (Judges 2:16-19). The book of Judges implies this process occurred with at least six judges, because Israel didn't have a king to guide them. (Judges 21:25). With the appointment of God's anointed king (2 Samuel 5:4), the sin cycle disappears...so long as the king does what is right in the eyes of the Lord (1 Kings 15:11). Sin still takes believers on a roller coaster of success and defeat, but thankfully the anointed kingly line of David has been consummated with Jesus (Matt. 22:45). Each of us needs to crown Jesus as King of our lives (Luke 9:23) and swear our lives to the kingdom (Matt. 6:33) breaking the first step of apostasy. Then in times of trouble, we can run to our King who will defend us as a strong tower (Proverbs 18:10). Even if we fall, we stand sure that our judgment has been absolved by Christ's sacrifice as the cross, as our eternal deliverer (Romans 11:26).