God is not placated if we make a little room for him on the shelf beside our other gods. He demands exclusive sovereignty in our lives. He will not share his reign with idols, but ruthlessly casts them down and smites those who serve them.

On the national level, if we make a god of government, then God will send corrupt and incompetent leaders. If we make a god of the economy, God is able to make the stock market plummet. If we use science to violate his laws, then God will make our technology a curse to our lives.

God demands that all things—presidencies, corporate earnings, fighter planes, and microscopes—be submitted to his sovereign rule. “I am God, and there is no other,” he decrees; “I am God, and there is none like me” (Isa. 46:9). Likewise, on the personal level, God calls for us to submit all things to his service. He is not willing to share sovereignty in our hearts with false gods such as fame, pleasure, and wealth

Richard D. Phillips, 1 Samuel, ed. Philip Graham Ryken and Richard D. Phillips, Duguid Iain M., 1st ed., Reformed Expository Commentary (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2012), 105.