What is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?
It is easy to be reminded in this world how unworthy we are of the love of God. For a follower of Christ, every moment of our lives is a battle between the desires of our flesh and the desires of our heart. We long to serve and obey the Lord and yet we fail so miserably at every turn. Crippled from the start, our tendency is toward sin in all its forms. It’s been that way since the fall of man. And the more we grow in our relationship with the Lord, the more we recognize our complete depravity without Him. Who are we, that God loves us so much? Who are we, that God would call us His children? Who are we, that God would come into Creation as one of us, in a decayed body bent toward sin, and suffer and die just to save us? Who are we?!
While reading about David’s victories in 2 Samuel, it quickly becomes clear who we are to God. Considering that David is the prophetic forerunner of Jesus, we can safely look into the actions that David took as opportunities to reflect on what Jesus has done for us. First, we have received the blessing of victory through Christ. The phrase: “And the Lord gave victory to David wherever he went” appears twice in 2 Samuel Chapter 8, first in verse 6 and then again in verse 14. God gave David victory because David’s heart was filled with love and faith in God. Our victory is received by that same faith in what Christ has won for us through His death, burial, and resurrection.
David didn’t deserve his victory anymore than we do, but God honored David for his faith and trust in Him. Even more importantly, God honored David because of God’s promise to Abraham. And God doesn’t go back on his promises. Now take a look at David’s treatment of Jonathan’s son.
And 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.” 8 And he paid homage and said, “What is your servant, that you should show regard for a dead dog such as I?”
2 Samuel 9:7-8
Doesn’t that sound a lot like Jesus. I can just hear our Lord saying, “Don’t worry, kid, because of my promise to Abraham I’m not going to destroy you. Instead, because you trust me, you can join me at my table forever.”
Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,
For the Lord our God
the Almighty reigns.
7 Let us rejoice and exult
and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his Bride has made herself ready;
8 it was granted her to clothe herself
with fine linen, bright and pure”—
for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.
9 And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.”
Just like the sweet, crippled son of Jonathan, Mephibosheth, we are inheritors of the promise. David loved Jonathan and therefore took his son into his own court, and fed him from his own table. God loved Abraham and therefore took any who would believe in Him, brings them into His courts, treats them as his own children, and feeds them from His own table. Beautiful!
So Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, for he ate always at the king’s table.
2 Samuel 9:11
Lord, I want to have confidence in Your provisions and promises. I want to know You are my father and that You love me. I want to feel the power of Your promise and love for Abraham and receive the promised blessing of that promise. I want confidence in Your love, Lord. Fill me with Your unending and precious favor. Thank you for adopting me as your child. Thank you for giving me Jesus and letting me be a joint heir with Him and all You have given Him. Let me come into your presence with thanksgiving always. I will praise You, God! I will trust You by Your power at work within me. Amen.