Scripture: 2 Sam. 9:
1 David asked, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”
2Now there was a servant of Saul’s household named Ziba. They summoned him to appear before David, and the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?”
“At your service,” he replied.
3 The king asked, “Is there no one still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show God’s kindness?”
Ziba answered the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is lame in both feet.”
4 “Where is he?” the king asked.
Ziba answered, “He is at the house of Makir son of Ammiel in Lo Debar.”
5So King David had him brought from Lo Debar, from the house of Makir son of Ammiel.
6When Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came to David, he bowed down to pay him honor.
David said, “Mephibosheth!”
“At your service,” he replied.
7 “Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.”
Observation: Once we realize our royal position, we can shake off our perceived situation.
Application: This is a really great story that we often skim over and miss the significance of. Mephibosheth was the last surviving descendant of King Saul, and the son of Jonathan, who was King David’s closest friend. David wanted to show kindness to any of the descendants of Saul because he had made a covenant with Jonathan that they would each watch over and protect any of their families as long as they lived. And it’s interesting to watch this unfold as the transition of power takes place from Saul to David.
Saul’s family didn’t want to give up the rule of the kingdom to David, but it was something that was meant to be. Although David was dead set against any violence against Saul’s household, things still happened, and consequently, even without David ordering it done, and even though he punished people who were violent to Saul’s family, during the course of time most all of the descendants of Saul were killed.
Mephibosheth was a young boy when Saul and Jonathan died on the battlefield. His nurse decided that the best thing to do was to flee and go into hiding, and so as they ran, she fell and dropped Mephibosheth, making him handicapped in both of his legs. Although injured, Mephibosheth was spared from the soldiers of David as the transition of power played out its scenes. He grew up in an obscure little town called LoDebar and never experienced his birth rite of royalty. That is until later on after Mephibosheth was grown and David’s power was well established, when David sent out a search party to find decedents of Saul whom he could show kindness to because of the covenant which he had made with Jonathan.
It was the covenant that made the difference. The covenant of protection and love between David and Jonathan was also made in the presence of and through the assistance of Almighty Jehovah. It was more than a promise, it was an irrevokable obligation that transended time and space, or life and death. It was a covenant that was cut in blood, and it was serious business. David wasn’t just keeping a promise he had made to a friend, he was honoring an obligation made before God Himself.
Mephibosheth was taken out of his situation which I’m sure he perceived as his destiny and resting place, and brought back into his rightful position as a royal child in the court of the King. This lost son, who felt unworthy to stand before the King, was shown kindness for the sake of Jonathan.
In the same way, we are shown kindness by The Almighty, for the sake of His Son Jesus, and for the same reason. You see, there is a blood covenant that was made when Christ shed his blood on the cross of Calvary which provides for our safety and secures our place in the presence and at the table of the Father for all eternity. You may feel as though you’re living a life in hiding from God, but that is your perceived situation. You’re true position is in the presence of the Father, and He is seeking to bring about the realization of that position for you so that the covenant may be honored and complete.
Prayer: Lord God,
As I am sometimes guilty of wallowing in the seclusion of my own personal hiding places, I ask your forgiveness, and pray for your persistence in searching me out and bringing me into your presence in spite of my trembling. Help me to see your love for me in the covenant which you have established for me before my birth. Grant me the protection of your Spirit as I learn to trust more in you and your everlasting grace. And Thank you for your patience with me, because Lord I know that many times I am slow to understand, and even slower to accept your truth.
Yield: I surrender the lie of my circumstances, and embrace the truth of my position as a child of the King.