As part of my reading plan, I have been reading through 1 & 2 Samuel each morning. It largely covers the life of David and I have found it so encouraging! I have just been so impressed by David’s humility, amazing character and utter devotion to God.
One passage really struck me as I read through it:
“1And David said, “Is there still anyone left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” 2Now there was a servant of the house of Saul whose name was Ziba, and they called him to David. And the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?” And he said, “I am your servant.” 3And the king said, “Is there not still someone of the house of Saul, that I may show the kindness of God to him?” Ziba said to the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is crippled in his feet.” 4The king said to him, “Where is he?” And Ziba said to the king, “He is in the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, at Lo-debar.” 5Then King David sent and brought him from the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, at Lo-debar. 6And Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan, son of Saul, came to David and fell on his face and paid homage. And David said, “Mephibosheth!” And he answered, “Behold, I am your servant.” 7And David said to him, “Do not fear, for I will show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan, and I will restore to you all the land of Saul your father, and you shall eat at my table always.” 8And he paid homage and said, “What is your servant, that you should show regard for a dead dog such as I?”
” 9 Then the king called Ziba, Saul’s servant, and said to him, “All that belonged to Saul and to all his house I have given to your master’s grandson. 10And you and your sons and your servants shall till the land for him and shall bring in the produce, that your master’s grandson may have bread to eat. But Mephibosheth your master’s grandson shall always eat at my table.” Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants. 11Then Ziba said to the king, “According to all that my lord the king commands his servant, so will your servant do.” So Mephibosheth ate at David’s table, like one of the king’s sons. 12And Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Mica. And all who lived in Ziba’s house became Mephibosheth’s servants. 13So Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, for he ate always at the king’s table. Now he was lame in both his feet.“-2 Samuel 9:1-13
There is so much here. I wish I could take the time to go through this passage vers-by-verse with you, but time does not permit me to do so. Therefore, I will try to stick with my main point: David’s amazing heart for God.
This is most evident when we consider the history between David & Saul, which serves as a backdrop to this passage. Remember, Saul was the first king of Israel. Although, he was chosen & annointed by God, he sinned against God during his reign. So, while he was still on the throne, God chose the next man in line for the kingship, David. However, David, acknowledging God’s annointing on Saul, did not usurp his God-given right to the throne. Rather, he waited for God’s appointed time to begin his rule & authority over Israel (that time came after Saul’s death) and served Saul instead. All the while, Saul grew increasingly bitter & jealous toward David. Saul attempted several times to kill David and, later in life, Saul’s hatred grew to the point that it became his primary ambition to hunt-down David to kill him. Saul eventually failed and died in battle. But the fact that David could see past Saul’s personal vendeta against him and still seek to honor him as God’s annointed, shows just how much David loved, admired and revered His God above Himself.
Secondly, David lives-out the type of “kindness” that our Heavenly Father shows toward us, His children. He says, “Is there not still someone of the house of Saul, that I may show the kindness of God to him?” (v. 3) He sets out to display God’s kindness to God’s annointed (Saul, who also happened to be his enemy) and succeeds in providing us with a beautiful display of God’s kindness toward His “annointed” (chosen people) through His redemptive plan of salvation:
1) Summons us to Himself (v. 5)
2) Humble us (v. 6-8)
3) Promises unmerited blessing and favor upon us (v. 6-10)
4) Faithfully fulfills His promise (v. 13)
Truly, David is a man after God’s own heart! May God grant me the grace to show His kindness in such a way as to reflect His character so beautifully to others.