“‘Don’t be afraid!’ David said. ‘I intend to show kindness to you because of my promise to your father, Jonathan…you will eat here with me at the king’s table!’”
“And Mephibosheth, who was crippled in both feet, lived in Jerusalem and ate regularly at the king’s table.”
2 Samuel 9:7, 13
Mephibosheth was only five years old when his father and grandfather died in battle. Dropped in flight, Mephibosheth became crippled in both legs. For years after Saul and Jonathan’s death, Mephibosheth lived in constant fear of the new king.
No wonder he was terrified when David summoned him to the palace. But notice the king’s first words to him, “Don’t be afraid!” Then David gave Mephibosheth his grandfather’s property, plus servants to farm the land and feed his household. However, the greatest gift was not possessions, but relationship—David had searched for Mephibosheth so he could eat with the king at HIS table!
Crippled in both feet—how could Mephibosheth, with his ugly scars, sit at the king’s table like one of his sons? And yet, when Mephibosheth placed his legs under the king’s table, those scars were covered by the king’s abundance. And besides, Mephibosheth did not know that this king had made a covenant of love with his father even before his legs were broken.
We too spend years in fear, not realizing that before our lives got broken, King Jesus also made a covenant of love with Our Father. HE searches for us, speaks peace to our hearts, invites us to HIS table, and then covers our scars with HIS abundant grace.
RELATIONSHIP—sitting safely at the King’s table!