“Don’t be afraid!” David said. “I intend to show kindness to you because of my promise to your father, Jonathan. I will give you all the property that once belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will eat here with me at the king’s table!” Mephibosheth bowed respectfully and exclaimed, “Who is your servant, that you should show such kindness to a dead dog like me?” 2 Samuel 9:7-8 (NLT)
The story of Mephibosheth is a story of merciful and gracious acceptance. You can read all about it in 2 Samuel 9.
Mephibosheth led a difficult life prior to the event read about in today’s passage of scripture…
- He was a descendant of the deposed King Saul
- As a young boy, his family was running for their lives and in their haste, the nurse carrying him fell with him in her arms. The fall broke both his feet and left him lame for the rest of his days.
- He lived in secret hiding all the days of his life, not wanting anyone to know his family tree so that he would not be persecuted or killed.
One day, David remembered the wonderful friendship he shared with Saul’s son, Jonathan. He wondered if there was anyone left from Jonathan’s family that he could bless. Mephibosheth was identified and called to the King’s presence.
Though Mephibosheth feared judgment and death, what he received was mercy and grace from the King. He would have been glad just to keep his life, yet what he received was life abundant including properties that his ancestors had once owned and even a place at the King’s table. He was even thought of a one of the King’s sons.
For those who have experienced salvation through Jesus Christ, we are like Mephibosheth. We deserve to be counted as a child of rebellion, yet God sought us out to give us life and that more abundantly.
Personal Application – Take time to celebrate “life in Christ” today. Celebrate the mercy and grace you have experience by being brought to the King’s table, and talk to the Lord about ways you have yet to experience His abundance.
Home Application – Have you ever taken time to “count your blessings” as a family? As a family make a list of ways God has blessed you and make sure you discuss how God’s blessings are because of his great mercy… not because we earned them or deserve them.