Mephibosheth

And David said, “Is there still anyone left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”  2 Samuel 9:1

I am currently (independently) working through Beth Moore’s study of David.  I had such an amazing revelation today, I just had to share and to encourage you.  It’s too long for a simple Facebook post update.

If you have never read, carefully read, the story of David and Mephibosheth in 2 Samuel 9, please do so.  Your life will be enriched.  During a Bible study I led in WV, a sweet friend, Tina, shared with us the story of Mephibosheth.  Honestly, I don’t remember the exact situation that sparked this moment, but I remember her explaining Mephibosheth and couldn’t wait to read it.  Well, time got away from me and I didn’t actually go read about Mephibosheth but it stuck with me.

Today, the study focused on 2 Samuel 9.  When you read it, look for all the amazing parallels of David and Christ, and of Mephibosheth and us.  Beth challenged me (as the reader) at the end of this day’s homework to write about how this lesson has described me.  Immediately, God showed me the amazing connection between this story and my own story of surrender.  I know this is a story I have shared so many times, because it’s one of my favorite, but I want to share today this story in terms of relating it to 2 Samuel 9.  I challenge each of you to read this beautiful story and find the connection to your life.

As a quick overview, David (paralleling Christ) asks if there’s anyone left of Saul’s kingdom to whom he can show kindness.  His servants go find Ziba, who is a former servant of Saul’s household, and bring Ziba to David.  David asks Ziba this question, and Ziba tells him of Mephibosheth (me, you, all children of God), one of Jonathan’s sons who is crippled.  David asks Ziba to bring Mephibosheth to him.  Mephibosheth, crippled and broken, pays homage to David and wonders out loud what David wants with a broken person like him.  David restores to him Saul’s land and invites him to forever eat at the king’s table.

I have been Mephibosheth in many, many moments.  I was Mephibosheth when I got the call from my OB and was told Caitlin may have serious health problems.  I was broken.  I was crippled.  God pursued me, just like David pursued Mephibosheth.  Sheri was the Ziba in my story: the earthly angel God used to call me to Him.  David used Ziba to bring him Mephibosheth.  God used Sheri to bring me to Him, in my crippled brokenness, by simply putting it on her heart to tell me to pray.  That one phone call with her led me to surrender my life to Christ, and my life has been forever changed since that moment.

God is so good.  His Word is still so relevant to my life, and to yours.  I praise God for always welcoming me, broken and crippled, to His table.  I praise God for using Sheri to bring me to Him, and I pray God uses me in a similar way.  Life is tough, there’s no lying or sugar-coating it.  With God, I have the strength and the hope to fight through tough times.  I pray we all encourage one another and reach out, especially when God puts someone on our hearts.  So many amazing women reached out to me during a tough time in my life, pouring God’s love on me, and incredible friendships resulted.  I am so thankful for each and every one of you!

Now go read 2 Samuel 9 and praise God for welcoming you, Mephibosheth, to His table.

Blessings!

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