I love the story of Jonathan and David. Their friendship was described as their “very souls being knit together.” This bond of devotion survived the deep-seated hate and jealousy of Jonathan’s father, King Saul. Even after Saul sought to destroy David, David showed his love and devotion to Jonathan by sparing Saul’s life.
David becomes king of Israel when both Saul and Jonathan are killed in battle, . Desiring to honor his friend Jonathan in some way, he seeks to find any living member of Jonathan’s family. When David arrives at the house of Ziba, a previous servant to Saul, he finds Mephibosheth, Jonathan’s son. Ziba tells King David the story of how Mephibosheth was crippled when dropped by his nurse, consequently causing him to withdraw from public attention as a recluse. Over time, he had become comfortable in the darkness of isolation.
And now a king had come to Mephibosheth’s home. In awe of the king’s presence and embarrassed at the same time, he pulled his robes up in an effort to hide his maimed feet. His only words were, ”Behold thy servant!”
It must have been an emotional moment for David as he looked into the eyes of his friend's son. His heart flooded with memories of his faithful friend as he explained his purpose and desire to honor his father, Jonathan. When David restored the land of his grandfather Saul to him, Mephibosheth bowed down to David and said, “What is thy servant that thou should look upon such a dead dog as I am?” He had spent his whole life in darkness, hiding in shame of his condition. He could not understand why a king would be speaking these things to him.
David gave Ziba and his household instructions to till the land and bring forth fruit for their master. Then came the most beautiful commandment of all, as King David spoke, “But Mephibosheth will eat bread always at my table; He shall eat at my table as one of the king’s sons.”
The love shown in this beautiful act of kindness brought my attention to the miracle of God’s love for us. As it was with Mephibosheth, He saw us, hid away in the darkness of shame, crippled by sin and deceived by Satan’s lies. But the Lord sought us out as David sought out Mephibosheth. He brought us out of darkness into His marvelous light and restored all that Satan had stolen.
When Mephibosheth sat at the king’s table, his crippled feet were not visible. It is the same with us; when the Lord saves us, our sins are no more. He invites us to sit and eat at His table as His sons and daughters; the blemish of sin hidden
by the blood of the Lamb.