So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem:
for he did eat continually at the king's table;
and was lame on both his feet.
2 Samuel 9:13
David made a promise to Jonathan that he would show kindness to his house forever. After Saul’s death he set about keeping that promise and found Mephibosheth. It’s a beautiful story!
I love what Bill MacDonald says:
Mephibosheth is a picture of an unconverted soul living in a barren land (Lo Debar may mean no pasture) and sold under sin (Machir means sold—v. 4). He was an outcast from the fallen house of Saul. He was unable to come to the king to beg for mercy, being lame in both his feet. But the gracious sovereign sought him out in order to bless him. Once found, Mephibosheth was given great riches and a place of fellowship at the king's table.
When Mephibosheth was at the king’s table there were so many perks!
A new home in Jerusalem!
Fellowship with the King!
Lame legs? Couldn't see them... they were covered by the King's table.
I think about this story when I'm at the Lord's supper.
I'm amazed that I can sit at His table.
He gave me a new standing with the saints.
I love my fellowship with the King.
What a king!
My lame legs? Can't see them. They are covered by the King's grace!
And can it be that I should gain
Then David the king went in and sat before the LORD, and he said, "Who am I, O Lord GOD, and what is my house, that You have brought me this far? And yet this was insignificant in Your eyes, O Lord GOD, for You have spoken also of the house of Your servant concerning the distant future. And this is the custom of man, O Lord GOD.
I love David’s prayer here. God revealed His promises to David and David rejoiced in them and prayed them back to God! I see David recounting God’s faithfulness in the PAST, God’s mercies for the PRESENT, and David rejoices with hope and prays for the FUTURE.
This goes along with what I’ve been thinking. We’re coming up on 2 years since mom died. To me it’s been a day. It’s been so hard recovering and pressing on, but God has not failed me all my life. I look on my PAST and see His faithfulness. PRESENTLY God is protecting me and keeping me and leading me and doing wonderful things in my life. Therefore, I should and can smile on the FUTURE. God has things prepared ahead. God is carrying out His purposes in my life and they are wonderful! I’m so thankful for a faithful God… who made promises to David and keeps everyone of them and makes promises to me and has never let me down! Never!
Today I awoke with this song on my heart.
The work which His goodness began,
the arm of His strength will complete;
His promise is Yea and Amen,
and never was forfeited yet.
Things FUTURE, nor things that are NOW,
nor all things below or above,
Can make Him His purpose forgo,
or sever my soul from His love.
Yesterday I walked with a friend at my favorite river walk spot. She had never seen this sculpture and I told her how in 2009 we took Christmas pictures there with Mumsy. I had to look for those pictures. This one didn't make the cut but it's a happy memory. Poor Mumsy sat there like a queen the whole time we moved around on the sculpture. What she put up with!
But when they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah reached out toward the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen nearly upset it. And the anger of the LORD burned against Uzzah, and God struck him down there for his irreverence; and he died there by the ark of God.
2 Samuel 6:6,7
I find this account very helpful. It seems so severe, doesn’t it? God struck him down there for his irreverence.
I’m thankful we live in a day of grace because if not we would all be dead. I find this warning important in an age of irreverence. God is a God to be revered. We must not take lightly what He says. He is Great! He is Holy!
This is my prayer today:
Establish Your word to Your servant,
As that which produces reverence for You.
And I love these verses:
Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken,
let us show gratitude,
by which we may offer to God an acceptable service
with reverence and awe;
for our God is a consuming fire.
Hebrews 12:28, 29
God’s kingdom can’t be shaken so….
which is the basis for acceptable service, so thankfully serve Him.
How? With reverence and awe…
Why? God is the same God as He always has been.
He is a consuming fire. A God to be feared.
But seek first His kingdom
and His righteousness,
and all these things will be added to you.
Today I’m reviewing some of the thoughts of last night’s Bible study because they are so important and so good! It doesn’t matter how familiar this verse is… this is a principle to remember all my life. (and yours.)
Seek God’s things first… His kingdom… His righteousness.
Follow Him. FIRST! That means make Him and His things the top priority of your life. Get to know Him. What He loves. What He hates. What’s His kingdom all about? What’s His righteousness? Go after those things!
Don’t worry about the rest of your life. What you eat, where you live, your career, your family, your friends, your money… keep going on this list… all of “your things”… not most important!
He’ll take care of those things.
All these things will be added to you.
Why? Very simply… if you belong to Him and honor Him, He’ll take care of you.
It’s like the slave in Exodus 22. Do you remember him?
But if the slave plainly says, "I love my master, my wife and my children;
I love my Master, the LORD JESUS! I don’t want to go out after my things! I’m sticking with Him and I’ll let Him take care of all my things.
As my dad would say, “Put first things FIRST!”
As my mom would say, “Come on!” She said it so funny… as if what else is there to do.
If you know the Lord Jesus, come on! What else is there? He is wonderful. Forget your stuff. Love Him. Serve Him. Do His thing. He’ll take care of you and your things. Do you remember how your life is when you seek your things? It doesn't work and leaves you very unhappy.
Craig asked me to do the rice and walnut illustration for the graduates. Do you know it?
If you do your thing first and then try to do God's thing in your life, it won't work. It doesn't fit.
If you do God's things first, then add your things, it all fits!
What you do FIRST is very important!
Here's last night's group. If you want to see more photos of last night check out the photo gallery.
For the past few days God has been bringing this song to my mind and I find it such sweet comfort that I belong to Him and He takes care of me. Lovely. Wonderful. Why wouldn't I want to seek His things first!!!
Be not dismayed whate'er betide,
And the LORD said to you,
'You will shepherd My people Israel,
and you will be a ruler over Israel.'
2 Samuel 5:2
What struck me today is as David is anointed king (for the third time) that he is recognized as the shepherd of Israel. God wants His people shepherded! That got me thinking about my good Shepherd. And this was the Daily Light reading.
Our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep.
I’m so thankful that He has shepherded me all my life! Sometimes I haven't wanted to be shepherded... I have wanted my own way. That never ends well! It's always good to come back to the Shepherd and Guardian on my soul! Thank you, my Good Shepherd!
Last night I went to a high school concert. It is so beautiful to hear voices blend in harmony. Last night the sky was beautiful. I thought about all creation harmonizing in giving glory to God.
Those thoughts must have converged as I woke thinking about this song.
The moon is high and the sunset fades
I love it! The above picture is the ocean waves clapping their hands.
Isn't it wonderful today that our voices can blend in praise to Him who sits on the throne!
His praise goes on!
There were three encouragements in today’s reading of 1 Samuel 30.
First, when everything was against David, he knew what to do.
But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God. 1 Samuel 30:6
David was in an overwhelming crisis. Everything he loved was taken away. He knew there was no one else to go to for comfort but God. This is a lesson for us to learn. Do you need comfort? Strengthen yourself in the Lord today! Seek His face in the Word. So many things look like they may comfort you, but they cannot!
Next, he didn’t rush into his own plans. He sought the will of God. Maybe he was learning his lessons! His own plans weren’t working out so well. Seek the Lord’s will!
David inquired of the LORD, saying, "Shall I pursue this band? Shall I overtake them?" And He said to him, "Pursue, for you will surely overtake them, and you will surely rescue all." 1 Samuel 30:8
There is one more thing I really love in this chapter. David went after the enemy and won the victory! Everyone reaped the reward of the battle. Those who fought, and those who remained behind.
"For as his share is who goes down to the battle, so shall his share be who stays by the baggage; they shall share alike." 1 Samuel 30:24
I love that! For years I stood by the baggage and cared for Mumsy as Craig went out speaking and sharing the gospel. But I got to share in the rewards as much as he. I stayed by the baggage and prayed. I got the reward. I love it! Hey you! If you are is a stage of life where you can’t go fight, know that you have a job to remain by the baggage and be faithful and pray. Your reward is great!
(Yesterday I found this picture of Mumsy and me in 2007. Awwww... I miss her! Good memories. I don't know if you can see it, but she had fallen and had a black eye. Whew! That wasn't a good memory! She's not falling anymore.)
I am so encouraged today. I hope you are too!
In reading through Samuel this morning, I was thinking about how Saul seemed to call on everything but the Lord. His life was a mess. If only!
The same thing happens in our lives when we seek to satisfy ourselves with anything other than the Lord. This landed me in 2 Timothy.
Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things,
What you do by yourself:
Then David said to himself, "Now I will perish one day by the hand of Saul. There is nothing better for me than to escape into the land of the Philistines. Saul then will despair of searching for me anymore in all the territory of Israel, and I will escape from his hand." 1 Samuel 27:1
This got me today! God said David would be king. Saul was on a rampage to kill David. Those circumstances wore David down and changed his view of the promises of God. His conclusion was all wrong. Saul will kill me…there is nothing better for me than to escape into the land of the Philistines. Wait. What about the promises of God? Would God let David die before He made him king?
This is such a good warning. When our circumstances wear us out, be careful. God’s word doesn’t change. He doesn’t get worn out. Wait for His direction. Remember living by your logic isn’t the same as living by faith.
Consider it all joy, my brethren,
Thanks Lord, I needed that!
For the choir director; on the Gittith.
A Psalm of the sons of Korah.
How lovely are Your dwelling places, O LORD of hosts!
My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the LORD;
My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.
The bird also has found a house,
And the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may lay her young,
Even Your altars, O LORD of hosts,
My King and my God.
How blessed are those who dwell in Your house!
They are ever praising You.
How blessed is the man whose strength is in You,
In whose heart are the highways to Zion!
Passing through the valley of Baca they make it a spring;
The early rain also covers it with blessings.
They go from strength to strength,
Every one of them appears before God in Zion.
O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer;
Give ear, O God of Jacob!
Behold our shield, O God,
And look upon the face of Your anointed.
For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside.
I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God
Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
The LORD gives grace and glory;
No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
O LORD of hosts, How blessed is the man who trusts in You!
More than anything I would like to encourage you in your walk with God!