Monday, July 11, 2011

God's Tablecloth

 Yesterday at church, my husband taught on the correlation between David's loved towards Mephibosheth and God's love for us.
 
David said, “Mephibosheth!”
“Your servant,” he replied.
“Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “for I will surely 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 bowed down and said, “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?”  2 Samuel 9:7,8

Mephibosheth had been crippled since he was 5 years old. (2 Sam.4:4)  Because of this, he was looked down on by society and was considered to be worthless; hopeless.  Mephibosheth felt like an outcast, but King David saw something more.

God sees something more when He looks at us.  He takes us, in our broken condition, and welcomes us in.

Then the king summoned Ziba, Saul’s servant, and said to him, “I have given your master’s grandson everything that belonged to Saul and his family. You and your sons and your servants are to farm the land for him and bring in the crops, so that your master’s grandson may be provided for. And Mephibosheth, grandson of your master, will always eat at my table.” 2 Samuel 9:9,10

Up to this point, Mephibosheth has been living in someone's home, not his own. (2 Sam. 9:4)  No wife, children or servants are mentioned; it appears that he had nothing to call his own.  Mephibosheth is the only one left from his family and his inheritance is gone.  But David restores that inheritance and  welcomes Mephibosheth in as his own. 

Because of God's great love, we are welcomed in and called children of God.  



So Mephibosheth ate at David’s table like one of the king’s sons. 
And Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, because he always ate at the king’s table, and he was crippled in both feet.  2 Samuel 9:11,12

When Mephibosheth came in and sat at the king's table, the linens on the table would drape and cover his legs.  To anyone looking at the guests seated at the table, Mephibosheth would appear no different than anyone else. His conditions was hidden.

The blood of Jesus covers us.  Our sinful condition is not only hidden, but it's washed away and we are made clean.

David showed amazing love to Mephibosheth, but it pales in comparison to God's amazing love for us!


Counting my blessings and linking up with A Holy Experience
138.  God's amazing love that welcomes me, in spite of my condition.
139.  Playing Mario Kart racing on the Wii with my husband and son
140.  Listening to my 19 year old daughter and 13 year old son play Guess Who with made up rules
141.  American Pickers
142.  Museum and lunch with my son
143.  Relaxing Sunday afternoons
144.  Manicures with my daughter
145.  People who give sacrificially to God
146.  Watching my son's talent and passion grow
147.  God's Word preached with power
148.  Restored relationships
149.  Air conditioning in my car as I drive around in the heat - heat index of 116 yesterday!
150.  A new day, another chance, a fresh start - God's mercies are new every morning.


Many blessings,







10 comments:

  1. Praise God His love covers us!!

    Today I am thankful for:
    1) A ministry team eager to walk around in the 116* heat index witnessing.
    2) Cool water after walking in the heat.
    3) Air conditioning.
    4) Lunch with friends.
    5) Relaxing nights at home with my family.
    6) A beautiful wedding and welcoming a new member of the family.
    7) A new week to start fresh.
    8) Swimming with friends.
    9) My sweet children.
    10) My loving husband.

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  2. Hi Lisa. This is an awesome post. Half the time we feel not good enough, but your post shows God sees far deeper than skin deep. And He accepts us warts and all.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  3. I love this! I never thought of it that way before. Actually, I don't think I'd ever heard the story before. And I love that you are thankful for American Pickers. :)

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  4. <3 it! Thank you so much Lisa. Love, Traci

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  5. I love the story of Mephibosheth. Such a great reminder of the grace we receive from Christ. It is undeserved and He excepts us in our brokenness.

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  6. Yikes on #149! I thought it was hot here in the upper 90's.
    And always yes to #150! :)
    Have a great week!

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  7. I just love your blog. I saw your link at http://christianblogs.clan.su. Can we exchange links? I just love the idea that you are counting your blessings :) they say that when you count your blessings, they are like hugs to our God :)

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  8. How did I miss you yesterday?! Praising Him for this... "God sees something more when He looks at us. He takes us, in our broken condition, and welcomes us in." And amen sister to #150 :)

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  9. I love this story in the bible as it reminds me of our Sam and God's love for him!

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  10. So glad you linked this up, Lisa! I just read those same passages not too long ago, but I really appreciate how you walked us through this in such detail. And I hadn't thought about the detail of the tablecloth hiding the deformity...that's an interesting detail to ponder.

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