“David asked, ‘Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?’ … So Mephibosheth ate at David’s table like one of the king’s sons.” –2 Samuel 9:1,11
It’s been said that the Bible is a photo album filled with pictures of God’s grace. And as Chuck Swindoll shares, one of the most striking images of that is found in the pages of 2 Samuel…
The setting is the palace of King David. Gold and bronze fixtures gleam from the walls. Lofty, wooden ceilings crown each spacious room. In the banquet room, David and his children gather for an evening meal. Handsome and beautiful, they each take their place. The king scans the room to see if all are present. One figure, though, is absent.
Clump, scraaape, clump, scraaape, clump, scraaape. The sound coming down the hall echoes into the chamber. Finally, the person appears at the door and shuffles to his seat. It is the lame Mephibosheth. The forgotten son of the house of Saul. Any other king may have cursed him as an enemy, but Mephibosheth is seated in grace at David’s table – not simply as a guest, but as part of the family. Now the feast can begin.
God welcomes all of us to His table. Battered, bruised, and lame – weighed down by sin, failure, and the pain of our past, He beckons us to take our seat.
Remember today that you are clothed in God’s grace through Christ. You are His child, and He delights to see you at His table.
Ask God to impress upon you His immeasurable grace. Pray that you’d walk confidently in His love through Christ.
Questions for thought
How do you see yourself before God?
Do you see yourself as He does through grace, or from your own point of view through sin?