“And Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, because he always ate at the king's table, and he was crippled in both feet.”2 Samuel 9:13
In King David’s day, who would have expected a lame man to be dining in such a prominent place? It would have been very unusual then for a disabled person to dwell in the palace. David not only invited this grandson of Saul to live with his family, but he welcomed Mephibosheth to dine at his table. Mephibosheth knew he did not deserve to be seen with royalty (v. 8). But David demonstrated unexpected kindness to one who would otherwise have been considered an outcast.
When I read this story, I see a picture of God. He is King of the Universe, and yet through Christ He offers us a place in His palace and a seat at His table. We may feel unworthy because of our sins and sordid past. But God offers us the grace and forgiveness we don’t deserve. Who would expect a sinner such as me to be dining with the King of kings? It’s only because God sought me out and made a place for me.
Our loving God is reaching out to everyone! There is no one too crippled, too damaged, or too far gone who cannot be invited to the King’s table.
“Who am I? That the Lord of all the earth,/ Would care to know my name,/ Would care to feel my hurt?” (Casting Crowns, 2003)