One Thing 2/29/12

2 Samuel 9

David’s Kindness to Mephibosheth

1 Then David said, “Is there yet [a]anyone left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” 2 Now there was a servant of the house of Saul whose name was Ziba, and they called him to David; and the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?” And he said, “I am your servant.” 3 The king said, “Is there not yet anyone of the house of Saul to whom I may show the kindness of God?” And Ziba said to the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan who is crippled in both feet.” 4 So the king said to him, “Where is he?” And Ziba said to the king, “Behold, he is in the house of Machir the son of Ammiel in Lo-debar.” 5 Then King David sent and brought him from the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, from Lo-debar. 6 Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of Saul, came to David and fell on his face and prostrated himself. And David said, “Mephibosheth.” And he said, “Here is your servant!” 7 David said to him, “Do not fear, for I will surely show kindness to you for the sake of your father Jonathan, and will restore to you all the [b]land of your [c]grandfather Saul; and you shall [d]eat at my table regularly.” 8 Again he prostrated himself and said, “What is your servant, that you should regard a dead dog like me?”

Then Ziba said to the king, “According to all that my lord the king commands his servant so your servant will do.” So Mephibosheth ate at [g]David’s table as one of the king’s sons.

As we continue to stand in awe of the grace of God in this story, we find Mephibosheth being invited to sit at the King’s table regularly as one of the King’s sons. What an amazing gift he was given because he was “In Jonathan.” His life on a daily basis was to rest in the King’s presence and receive the King’s provision. Everything that the King had was his all because of who Jonathan was, and what Jonathan had done. It was all for Mephibosheth to enjoy as an absolutely free gift. It wasn’t free in the sense that it wasn’t paid for, but it was free to Mephibosheth because someone else had earned it for him. Besides all the limitless provision, the best part was that he got to enjoy the King’s presence. He was fully accepted and celebrated as an object of the King’s affection.
From Lode-Bar to the Palace. From hiding in isolation, to resting in the King’s royal presence. From fearing condemnation and rejection, to experiencing the King’s acceptance, love, and affection.
This is the life that we are all called to In Christ. We are called out of our own Lode-Bar to live and rest in the presence of the King of King’s everyday, enjoying His limitless provision to live life in this fallen world. One of the interesting realities about this story is that as long as Mephibosheth was at the table resting in the King’s presence, enjoying the King’s provision his crippled feet were hidden from site. If the room was full of guests, which I’m sure it was many times, no one knew he had crippled feet as long as he was at the table. Of course he knew, and the King knew, and anybody familiar with his history, but others wouldn’t know. He was just another one of the King’s Kids celebrating the life of privilege and abundance. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast [a]about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with [b]insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong. We reign in life from a resting position. As long as we are resting in Him, receiving His riches for our lack, we are set free from our own crippled condition. In our weaknesses His strength is being perfected, but at any moment we think we can do it on our own and push away from the table of His ability, we display to the whole world how broken we are apart from Him, for apart from Him we can do nothing.
Have a great day In Christ being abandoned to His abundance.