1 Samuel 11:7, “…Then the dread of the Lord fell upon the people, and they came out as one man.”
People did not follow Saul because he was king. It was not the power of his position that caused them to move. It was the dread of the Lord.
They weren’t even afraid of Saul.
1 Samuel 12:18, “…and all the people greatly feared the Lord and Samuel.”
The only one we are to fear is the Lord. He deserves our highest respect.