23rd July 2017
David’s Kindness to Mephibosheth
9 Now there was a servant of the house of Saul whose name was Ziba, and he was summoned to David. The king asked him “Is there anyone remaining of the house of Saul to whom I may show the kindness of God?” Ziba said, “There remains a son of Jonathan; he is crippled.” 5 King David sent for him. 6 Mephibosheth son of Jonathan son of Saul came to David, and fell on his face. David said, “Mephibosheth!”He answered, “I am your servant.” 7 David said to him, “Do not be afraid, for I will show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan; I will restore to you all the land of your grandfather Saul, and you yourself shall eat at my table always.” 8 Mephibosheth said, “What is your servant, that you should look upon a dead dog such as I?”
9 The king said to Ziba, “All that belonged to Saul and to all his house I have given to your master’s grandson. 10 You and your sons and your servants shall till the land for him, and shall bring in the produce, so that your master’s grandson may have food to eat; but your master’s grandson Mephibosheth shall always eat at my table.” - 2 Samuel 9
Many of us turn to the Psalms for comfort and solace. And most of the Psalms were written by David. They indicate the many trials David faced in his life. The danger, the battles and the heartache. Most of these trials were caused by King Saul. The shepherd boy David had killed Goliath and was a fierce warrior in Saul’s army, but Saul sought to kill David, because while Saul was still king, God had instructed the prophet Samuel to anoint David as king. And yet even after all of that battling, danger and heartache, David looked for any surviving members of Saul’s family to show them the loving kindness of God. What this reveals to me, is that even though David wielded great power and influence, instead of using his power to destroy and disrupt, he used it to make peace. So much so that Mephibosheth the grandson of Saul, forever ate at David’s table.
Lord, help me to have the courage to show Your loving kindness even to those who try to persecute me. Amen
Revd. Mark Robinson