A Place at the Table

24 Nov 2017, 14:49 // bethcheshire

In the Old Testament, there is a story about a crippled man named Mephibosheth. He was the grandson of King Saul and the son of Jonathan, who was best mates with King David (who wrote the Psalms…sounding familiar?!).

In 2 Samuel 9, David, because of his love for his friend Jonathan, wanted to show kindness to his family and when he hears that Jonathan’s son Mephibosheth is still alive, he asks to see him. Now, Mephibosheth was crippled in both of his feet because he was dropped as a small boy (2 Samuel 4:4) and his name meant ‘from the mouth of shame’.

Mephibosheth said to David, “What is your servant that you should notice a dead dog like me?”

But David says to him, “I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land of your grandfather Saul and you will always eat at my table.”

Then it says in the story that Mephibosheth ate at David’s table like one of the king’s sons…and he lived in Jerusalem because he always ate at the king’s table.

Why am I telling you this story?

Well, firstly, I want to remind you that you always have a space at God’s table, a place in His presence. It was a huge honour for Mephibosheth to be recognised by the king and invited to his table, just like one of his son’s. In the same way, we have the honour of saying ‘yes’ to the invitation to God’s table - to be part of His family, to belong to His home and live in His kingdom as a daughter.

But there is another part to this story. In 2 Samuel 19, Kind David returns back to Jerusalem from battle where Mephibosheth comes to meet him. We are told that he hadn’t groomed himself at all since the king had left, which is a sign of deep mourning in Jewish culture. He didn’t care about the land he had been given, but was happy now “that my Lord the king has arrived home safely.”

We see from the story of Mephibosheth that he valued the king’s presence over what the king could give to him. He didn’t care for the land, the servants and the status, but he was grieved when the king wasn’t there with him.

I want to remind you all this week that we have the honour and joy of sitting in our King Jesus’ presence.

You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Psalm 16:11

I pray that you will know the power, joy and peace of God’s presence with you this week. He not only wants to provide for you, but He wants to be near you and with you too, by the Holy Spirit.