David and Mephibosheth

I was thumbing around my Bible and I came across 2 Samuel 9. Last semester, Becky, one of our Cru staff, gave a talk about this passage. I can’t help but think that God is reminding me how much we are like Mephibosheth and how much David’s actions resemble what God has done for us. Much like Mephibosheth, we have found ourselves on the side of the enemy, whether we intended to be here or not. But God, like David, wants to show His love and kindness to. We have found ourselves under that favor. Not only did David pardon Mephibosheth, but was graceful and provided and restored for Him. God has done the same for us. He has pardoned us and He has promised to restore us to paradise, something that was lost at Adam and Eve. And God has also invited us to dine at His table (Revelation 3:20). I especially like verses 11-13. We have Ziba pledging to do whatever the king tells him to do. He doesn’t say that he’ll only do what is easy or comfortable, but anything the king tells Him. I know I don’t do this enough. Then we have Mephibosheth eating at the king’s table like one of his own sons. Is this not what we have become to the Father, sons, through faith in Christ? My favorite part has got to be the last part. “And Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, because he always ate at the king’s table, and he was crippled in both feet.” Crippled in both feet. Wow, it sounds like me and you. We are severely crippled spiritually and morally. And yet, God has allowed us to eat at His table. But the thing that is different between David and God’s tables is that the food at God’s table has the ability to heal our crippledness. If I would just stop fussing and eat, I would soon start to feel better, to be stronger morally and spiritually. I need to accept all that the Lord is doing for me, no matter how painful, or what the cost, it is all for my own good and for His glory.