September 2, 2023
2 Samuel 9:7, New Living Translation
“Mephibosheth was crippled, lame, and both feet. He considered himself a Dog, the worst of the worst. David assured him, “Don’t be afraid, I intend to show your kindness, because of my promise to your father, Jonathan.”
David was a man after God’s own heart! This is the same David who took Bathsheba as his wife, after having her husband killed in war. But this man, David, saw the Lord, and came to him with a sincere and repentant heart. David was forgiven, but still faced the consequences of his actions.
This me, and David, had found an earthly father in Saul, the anointed king, before David, and became great friends with Saul’s son, Jonathan. It was after the death of both, and David was king, he invited a man, Mephibosheth, a living relative of Saul, to dine at his table to honor his best friend and earthly father.
“Mephibosheth was crippled, lame, and both feet. He considered himself a Dog, the worst of the worst. David assured him “Don’t be afraid, I intend to show your kindness because of my promise to your father Jonathan.” (2 Samuel 9:7, NLT)
Mephibosheth was a cripple and thought himself the lowest of the low. But David saw him through the eyes of God. He deemed him worthy to sit at the table of the king and dine. Jesus intends the same for you and me. This world will try to put labels on us. We should not let them!
“Let us be glad and rejoice, and let us give honor to him. For the time has come for the wedding feast of the lamb, and the bride has prepared herself. She has been given the finest of pure white linen to wear.” For the linen represents the good deeds of God’s holy people. (Revelation. 19:7-8, NLT)
The scripture is talking about the bride of Christ. The bride of Christ is His church. The church or the people. The people are you and me!
I want to encourage us to look at ourselves through the eyes of God. Believe what He says about you! Walk in your identity as sons and daughters of the Lord God!
We have been set apart and made holy for His glory! This life can be challenging. The world, and the prince of this world will try to deceive you and make you turn away from God. They offer empty lies that lead to death. But God’s word says, “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessings if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have an opportunity, we should do good to everyone— especially to those in the family of faith.” (Galatians 6:9-10, NLT)
Do the directions in the scripture sound familiar? It takes me back to David’s kindness to Mephibosheth. He saw him through the eyes of God and treated him accordingly. If we do the same to one another, imagine the difference it would make?! It would be beneficial to us, and those around us! “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” (John 13:35, NLT) Let us love and let us be loved, for love covers a multitude of sins.