“So David said to him, ‘Do not fear, for I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan your father’s sake, and will restore to you all the land of Saul your grandfather; and you shall eat bread at my table continually.’” 2 Samuel 9:7
Dear Heavenly Father, I pray for you to prepare the participants of Deeper Still to come to the table with open hearts. I pray they would choose you and be willing and ready to come to the table and feast on all your goodness and receive all you have for them. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
We had a situation last night with one of our children which led to this child feeling as if eating alone was what was deserved rather than at the table with the rest of the family. Minutes before this child had expressed feeling unworthy of anything good. We gently encouraged this child to come to the table and eat with us. We affirmed worthiness, love and grace. With tear filled eyes, this child stayed at the table, embracing our love and acceptance. Once again realizing, nothing can separate this child from our love. We want all our children at our table.
Our Heavenly Father wants ALL His children at His table.
In 2 Samuel 9, we find the story of Mephibosheth. In this story, King David asked his servant if there was anyone of the house of Saul left for him to bless. He was told of the son of Jonathan, Mephibosheth, who lived in Lo Debar. Jonathan had been King Saul’s son and David’s best friend. Jonathan and David loved each other and made a covenant with each other to care for each other’s households. It had been over twenty years since Jonathan and King Saul had died in battle. David had forgotten about the covenant until that day.
When King David found Mephibosheth, he did not feel worthy to sit at the king’s table. He said to David, “What is your servant that you should look upon a dead dog as I?” Mephibosheth saw himself as a “dead dog”. It says in the passage that Mephibosheth was lame in both his feet, which happened when he was a young boy and his servant carried him and dropped him while fleeing from the palace after King Saul and Jonathan died. Mephibosheth was living in Lo Debar, a place where all the outcasts of society lived. Then one day David remembered the covenant he had with Jonathan and everything changed for Mephibosheth. Not only was he seated at the King’s table, the land of his father’s was restored to him as well.
Those with abortion wounded hearts often feel like “dead dogs”, unworthy to sit at the King’s table. They may see themselves as lame. However, that is not the truth. That is not their identity. The truth is Jesus Christ made us whole. Their true identity is that of a son or daughter of the King, fully welcome at His table to feast on His blessings, goodness and grace.
God has made a covenant, a new covenant with his sons and daughters and wants them to reclaim their seats at His table!! And He not only desires His children at His table with Him, He also wants to restore all that was stolen. The covenant we have with our Father through the blood of Jesus Christ does not restore only part of our inheritance, but all. He paid so ALL could be restored. We just need to be willing to come to the table.