David, it seems, never forgot the kindness of his friend, Jonathan. Years after Jonathan risked life and limb to protect him from Saul’s schemes, the tables have turned. David is now King of Israel. I imagine being a king takes a lot of time, energy and thought. David was at the beginning of his reign, yet his thoughts turned back to the friend recently killed in battle—Jonathan.
Now, imagine you’re a young, handicapped boy in ancient times named Mephibosheth. There just wasn’t much hope for the physically challenged of that day, right? An accident at five years old left him lame in both feet. His prospects were grim at best. A life of begging for every meal. Harsh treatment at the hands of others. Certainly, Mephibosheth didn’t have much going for him, save one thing. Mephibosheth was Jonathan’s son.
He was Jonathan’s son at the exact moment when the King wanted to bestow kindness on someone in his friend’s family to show honor to the friend he loved like a brother. David wanted to provide for Mephibosheth. So in 2 Samuel 9, he sent a servant to collect him from a place called Lo Debar.
I don’t know about you, but there have been hard seasons in my life, when it seemed as though I was stuck and, well, just low. The wilderness is a lonely and dark place to find oneself. Some of those times, God eased me out of and pointed me toward the hope His children are afforded. Some of them, He plucked me up and out of the plight that seemed overwhelming. Bam! Hard time over. Oh, how I love a God who just knows the kind of help I need. I will spend eternity singing the praise of Him who rescues me from the middle of my Nowhere and places me at His abundant table!
So David sent for Mephibosheth, set him up with land, a home, and lots and lots of help. In his kindness to Jonathan’s offspring, David declared, “You will always have a seat at my table.”
Friends, God wants to lift you from despair to hope. That’s always His plan. By the way, that place where he found Mephibosheth? Lo Debar? It literally means “in the middle of nowhere.” Listen, now: God wants to give you a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11), whether you find yourself dancing in good times or limping around in the middle of nowhere. He will provide for you.
Think back to a time when something turned out for good at a time when you thought all hope was lost. Friend, God Jehovah-Jireh’ed you! Today is a good day to praise Him.