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I had to revisit 2 Samuel chapter 9 to remember what Spurgeon is referencing in the morning and evening devotionals. I’d encourage you to do the same
. If you recall, King David had a close friendship with Jonathan, King Saul’s son. The Mephibosheth in the devotional is the son of Jonathan, the grandson of Saul who hated David. He was also lame from birth so Mephibosheth probably would not have considered himself as very important in the eye of the king. But instead he was summoned to the king’s presence and given royal treatment. Further, David ordered the servant of the household of Saul, along with his children, to work the land in order to provide for Mephibosheth.
With that background in place, the following may make more sense:
Like Mephibosheth, we may cry unto the King of Glory, “What is Thy servant, that Thou shouldst look upon such a dead dog as I am?”
We may not be able to pronounce it, but we are in fact Mephibosheth. David’s kindness to the household of a friend (Jonathan) but also to a bitter enemy (Saul) to a small degree describes God’s goodness to us.
God “sees in our countenances the remembrance of His dearly-beloved Jesus.”
The imprint of Christ makes us valuable to God. The only thing lovely within us is the Lord who became disfigured and marred by the sin that we wore.
Such is the love which the Father bears to His only begotten, that for His sake He raises His lowly brethren from poverty and banishment, to courtly companionship, noble rank, and royal provision.
A king’s table is a noble hiding-place for lame legs, and at the gospel feast we learn to glory in infirmities, because the power of Christ resteth upon us.
You and I have a lot more lame than just our legs. We think we can run and jump like Carl Lewis (in 1984) or fight like any of the notable MMA guys (Jeff and Kris can name a few I’m sure). That’s the way we see ourselves. But Mephibosheth understood that he was a lame nobody. David cared for him not because Mephibosheth figured it out but because of his love for his friend, Jonathan. God has done the same with us because of Christ.
The best way to honor David’s joy in serving him was for Mephibosheth to enjoy the king’s table. Exult in God today as one who knows they never belong at the king’s table but joyfully partakes to satisfaction on the basis of the one who does deserve to be there.