One of the Bible’s most beautiful stories introduces the reader to a man by the name of Mephibosheth. It is another story related to the life of David.
King David one day asked, “Is there anyone left of the house of Saul to whom I can show God’s kindness?”
Ziba, a servant of Saul’s household, answered, “There is a son of Jonathan (Saul’s son); he is crippled in both feet.”
“Where is he?” the king asked.
Ziba answered, “He is at the house of Makir, son of Ammiel, in Lo Debar.”
So King David had him brought from Lo Debar, from the house of Makir, son of Ammiel.
This man, Mephibosheth, had been injured when, at the age of five years, he and his nurse were fleeing from an enemy. Since then he had lived in obscurity for fear that some enemy would kill him, knowing that he was a grandson of Saul and a possible threat to the throne.
When Mephibosheth received the summons to appear before the king, he was petrified. Were they after him because he was related to King Saul? However, fear was taken away when David said, “Do not be afraid for I will certainly show you kindness for the sake of your father, Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.”
Mephibosheth’s life was changed. David was a deliverer of God’s grace.
Why do you suppose David acted with such kindness? We know from other accounts in the Bible that David and Jonathan had made a covenant that they would always deal with one another in kindness. This covenant was to endure even after one of them had died. But I wonder if it was not more than just keeping a promise.
God had showered His grace on David. God had strengthened him when he saw little or no purpose in living. Now David had the opportunity to be gracious in dealing with another person who was hurting. Without a doubt Mephibosheth, who had come from royalty, lived in obscurity with many days of depression. Why should I continue to live? Here I am Ð a crippled man. There is no future for me. Eventually the enemy will catch up with me, and I will be killed. Where is this God about whom my father Jonathan and my grandfather Saul talked? Life is meaningless.
Now, as the deliverer of God’s grace, David was used to change all of this thinking. God’s grace moved David to be His servant in delivering this gift to Mephibosheth. That is the way God works. The recipients of His love become the deliverers of His grace. The heart that has experienced God’s grace and has seen what He has done in their life is anxious to share this gift of kindness and love with others.
Think of the people whose lives would be so different if God had a place in it. Would it not be reasonable for us, whom God has blessed, to ask, “Is there someone in need today who is depressed, sees no purpose for living, or is filled with guilt?” Learning of that person we are challenged to reach him or her as David did with Mephibosheth and share the blessings God has in store for the individual.
David challenges us who are the recipients of God’s love, to share it with others.