One writer said of 2nd Samuel 9, “It is, in my personal opinion, the greatest illustration of grace in all the Old Testament.” David asks the question, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” Again, to a servant of the former king, Saul, David asked, “Is there no one still alive from the house of Saul to whom I can show God’s kindness?”
David loved Jonathon and respected God’s anointed king, Saul. Repeatedly, it seemed that David appeared grieved that Saul hunted him. David wished the king no harm while Saul saw David as a usurper. David could have gotten bitter and returned hate for hate. So much time had been spent running and hiding. Yet, even now, we see David’s love for his friend and his former, if unwanted, enemy.
While Mephibosheth should have been considered an enemy of David, David embraced him as a son. Though lame, Mephibosheth wanted for nothing under David’s care. Mephibosheth’s words ring in our ears, “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?”
Grace is getting what you don’t deserve. Mephibosheth was a direct heir of the former king. As such, he threatened David’s power. Instead of death or imprisonment, David made him a son. Picture this from Mephibosheth’s eyes. He went from shame and poverty to honor and provision. In an instant, instead of death, he was made a member of the royal family. How grateful do you think Mephibosheth was?
How much more grace have we experienced through Christ? When we were lame and unable to serve ourselves, when we were under the shame of sin, when even our best works were worn like ragged garments, Christ died so that we might be sons and daughters of the King of the Universe. We look forward to an eternity with our Lord and eating from His table. How magnificent is that? The grace Mephibosheth experienced in part, we will one day experience in full.
So, what should we do based on this passage? One obvious answer is to look for ways to bless others and thereby live out the heart of God. But as I think about how Mephibosheth must have felt I am reminded of how research has repeatedly shown that one of the number one things a person can do to increase their personal happiness is to turn up gratitude in their own life. If that’s true, and it is, then Christians should be some of the happiest people in the world because we should be the most grateful people in the world. If you’re having a bad day, bad week, or bad whatever, spend some time today reminding yourself of the things for which you are grateful. God’s grace is amazing, but sometimes it helps to remind ourselves of just how amazing it is. Do that today!
By: Tyler Short — Connections Ministry Associate