I WILL SAVE MY PEOPLE WHO CANNOT WALK AND GATHER MY PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN THROWN OUT.
ZEPHANIAH 3:19 NCV
David and Jonathan had a made a special promise to each other that included their families. So when Jonathan died in battle and David became king, he looked for someone to bless for Jonathan’s sake; just like God is looking to bless you for Christ’s sake (see Ephesians 1:3). David found out that Jonathan had a son, Mephibosheth (see 2 Samuel 9), who had a disability and couldn’t walk without using crutches. He lived out in the countryside a long way from the centre of power in Jerusalem. By rights he should’ve been a prince living in luxury in the royal palace but history had taken a different course, now he only knew poverty and isolation. His main problem wasn’t his disability or his remote location though; it was fear. Mephibosheth knew that his grandfather King Saul had tried to kill David many times. He’d convinced himself that now David was in power he’d want to get his own back. What a twisted situation; David really wants to bless him but Mephibosheth thinks he wants to beat him up! You’ve not allowed your image of God to get distorted like that, have you? There are millions of people walking around today scared of God, trying to hide from Him because they think He wants to beat them up. And yet nothing could be further from the truth. God’s deepest desire is to have a relationship with all the broken people who are distant from Him. That’s why Jesus came ‘to seek and to save’ (see Luke 19:10). Come on, you’ve been hiding long enough! It’s time to take your place at the King’s table.