(2 Sam 9:13 NIV) And Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, because he always ate at the king’s table, and he was crippled in both feet.
Today I will continue with “Faith and Patience Volume 5 – Greater is Coming!” Yesterday we discussed how King David restored Mephibosheth’s rightful inheritance. I love this story. It is a testimony of divine redemption, restoration, and grace. Outward provision, however, does you no good if you are not internally (mentally and psychologically) able to enjoy it. Mephibosheth was born royalty, but he had not been around the crown since the age of five. If David gave his servants and “stuff,” it would not mean much if he still saw himself as a “dead dog.” Like is often the case wtih us, Mephibosheth’s thinking needed to be elevated.
What was King David’s answer for a disabled man who was battling depression and low self-esteem? In the wisdom of God, David had Mephibosheth eat all his meals at the King’s table. What did this accomplish? I believe it accomplished two main things:
1. Cover his weakness: Mephibosheth’s most significant issue was his crippled feet. Although David was not anointed to heal him – since the blessing of Abraham was more natural than spiritual – he did the next best thing. David covered Mephibosheth’s weakness by having him sit at the King’s table. Between the size of the table and the elaborate table coverings, Mephibosheth’s weakness (his feet) were covered and not visible. When dignitaries were fortunate enough to eat with the King, if Mephibosheth was already seated, they would never know that Mephibosheth had a weakness. Mephibosheth could sit with head’s of state, hold engaging and rewarding conversations without ever exposing his disability. David was helping Mephibosheth put his troubled past behind him.
2. Elevate his thinking: Once Mephibosheth felt comfortable operating as an “equal” with royalty and dignitaries, he would no longer feel sorry for himself. His weakness was hid under the majesty of the throne, and his thinking was elevated to match his new position of honor.
So what does this mean to you today? A few things:
1. We serve a God who covers our weaknesses.
— We serve a God who desires to cover your weaknesses, to give you a position of royalty in His Kingdom, and to elevate your thinking.
— The Bible teaches us, in Jude 1:24, that our God is able to present us faultless before His throne. To be clear, we are far from faultless. God clearly sees our faults, flaws and failures. But when we are presented in heaven, we are presented as children of God who are covered by the Blood of His Son (making us clean), filled with His own precious Spirit, and as a human who accepted a holy calling. Jesus is our advocate. He presents us to the Father, and to the cloud of witnesses in heaven as FAULTLESS! How can Jesus do that? He does so by covering our weaknesses with His own strength. This is what David did for Mephibosheth and it is what God does for us!
— Don’t focus on what you cannot do. If you learn to rest in God, His calling on your life, and the grace He has empowered you with to fulfill it, you will find that God covers your weaknesses and leads you to focus on your strengths in Him.
— Peter said the following about you. When you read it, internalize the words and make it personal. “But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you – from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted” (1 Peter 2:9,10).
2. We serve a God who will never give up on you.
— Even if you have allowed the frustrations of life to cause you to throw in the towel, and even if you have given up on what you thought your future would be, I want you to know that God has not given up on you.
— Mephibosheth had given up on life, but God had not given up on him. His breakthrough came when he least expected it. The same can happen for you.
— We serve a God who is tirelessly committed to you. You are still alive, so your dreams can still come to pass. Trust God, ask Him to help you release the pain of your past, and get your hopes up for your future! You have NOT disqualified yourself from what God has qualified you for!
3. We serve a God who wants us to enjoy total-life-prosperity.
— David changed Mephibosheth’s financial balance sheet when he gave him the land, he changed his level of responsibility when he gave him the servants, but he changed his life when he helped Mephibosheth change his mindset, by covering his weakness and placing him in a position of honor.
— God loves us so much that He wants to see us physically healthy, financially strong, emotionally stable, socially accepted, and psychologically sound. God wants you to open your heart to His best in every area and aspect of your life! It is this desire from God, His yearning to want to bless us, that keeps me say, “GREATER IS COMING FOR YOU!”
Declaration of Faith:
Father, I may have come to you damaged, but I was still destined. I may have come rejected, but I am now accepted. I cast my cares, anxieties, worries and concerns over to You. You spread Your wings over me and keep me secure. Your faithfulness is like a shield or a city wall. You cover my weaknesses and present me faultless before the world. You empower me to prosper in every area of my life. You have made me a holy instrument in Your hands. I may have been nothing in the eyes of many, but I am now a champion in the Body of Christ. I sit at Your table and I walk with my head held high. I see myself the way You see me. I formulate my opinion of me, from Your opinion of me, and You see me faultless. When You look at me, You see the Blood of Jesus Your Son. I am covered by the Blood, anointed by the Spirit and called according to Your Kingdom plans and purposes for my life. You made plans for me before the foundations of the world and although life dealt me a few blows, and it even knocked me down a few times, I was never knocked out because of Your grace! I shall FIND, FOLLOW and FINISH those plans before I die. GREATER IS COMING FOR ME! I declare this by faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
This is Today’s Word. Apply it and prosper!