Unlimited: Mephibosheth – a Cripple at the Table
Sep 13, 2019 1926
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies… Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever (Psalm 23:5–6, NIV).
Mephibosheth was a cripple. Because he was the grandson of King David’s bitterest enemy, he expected to be killed.
Summoned and Restored
However, when the king summoned him, David restored to Mephibosheth everything his family had lost, and then David gave him a place at his table with the princes and the mighty men.
King David removed Mephibosheth’s rags and gave him royal robes to wear, and he gave him a home with him in the palace. David fulfilled in Mephibosheth the words that he wrote in Psalm 23:5-6.
Mephibosheth, David & the Meaning of Grace
This is a story about the meaning of grace. It’s a story about a king and a cripple.
God is the king and you are the cripple. As David showed Mephibosheth kindness for the sake of another (2 Samuel 9:7), so too, you are loved and honoured for Christ’s sake.
When Mephibosheth sat with his feet under the table of the king, nobody could see that he was a cripple. That’s how it is with you when you dine at the table of the mercy of God.
All that anyone will ever see are princes, princesses, mighty warriors, and nobility. And that’s all that God sees as he sees you at his table. That’s grace!
– Eliezer Gonzalez
Eli’s Reflection: Put yourself in Mephibosheth’s place. What is the most shameful part of your life? Do you realise that if you are in Christ, he presents you to the world proudly, as if your shame had never existed? What can you do to praise such a Saviour right now?