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The King's Table

 

A ruddy, young, shepherd boy, casting aside the king's armor, cried out, "the battle is the LORD'S," and he "hastened and ran" to the giant (1Samuel 17:47-8).  Anointed by God, David went out in the name of the LORD of hosts.  The people cheered, the king sneered.

 

Driven by intense jealousy, King Saul repeatedly attempted to kill David. When given opportunity to kill the king, however, David’s “heart troubled him.”  He ran after the king and “stooped with his face to the earth, and bowed down” (1Sam 24:8). Realizing David had spared his life, King Saul said, “You are more righteous than I...”  and when you are king  “swear now to me by the Lord that you will not cut off my descendants after me”(1Samuel 24:17,21).

 

Years later as a mighty king humbled by his own sins, King David asks, “Is there still anyone who is left of the house of Saul...?” He is told, “there is still a son of Jonathan who is lame in his feet” (2Samuel 9:1,2).  David sent for Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth, and brought him out from Lo Debar, a place whose name means “the place of no pasture.”

 

In 2Samuel 9 we see the story of the king’s great love.  We see a king who went out into dry and fruitless places to seek the down-and-out, the ones feeling unloved, unwanted, undeserving.  When he finds him, he brings him to himself.  He lavishes him with great gifts, cleans him up and feeds him continually at the king’s table. 

 

Like Mephibosheth, without the King, we are all in Lo Debar, a dry, barren, fruitless place.  Before we accepted the lavish gifts bestowed upon us by the King, we were separated, crippled, unable to walk.  Like Mephibosheth, we did nothing to earn the free gifts from the King "...BUT GOD  demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8).  Four times in the short thirteen verses of 2Samuel 9, it states Mephibosheth will eat at the king's table.

 

The King of Kings went seeking us.  He poured out His abundant blessings on us and accepted us just as we were.  He cleaned us up and set us at the King’s Table where He invites us to eat continually with Him.

 

            Are you still in Lo Debar?

            Are you still separated, feeling unloved, unwanted?

            Are you keeping your distance from God?

 

He has set the table,

                        Come and eat at the King’s Table continually...

 

 

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