2 Samuel 9:7

And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for Johnathan thy father’s sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bead at my table continually.

Mephibosheth was the crippled son of Johnathan. He was the last remaining survivor of the family of Saul. When David took over as king, he displayed his loyalty to Johnathan by an act of kindness to his crippled son. The story is a beautiful picture of grace.

Mephibosheth needed someone that was not only willing to help, but who also had the ability to help. His family had wronged King David, and yet the king was willing to forgive. The very one that had the right to ignore him was the one who in fact helped him.

Like Mephibosheth, we are crippled by sin, and unable to help ourselves or unable to erase our past. We are doomed to an eternal hell if we continue in that condition. Our King could have condemned us, but He did not. He could have rejected us, but He did not. Instead Christ showed us kindness (I will surely shew thee kindness…), Christ also restored us (and will restore thee…), and Christ also continually provides for us (and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually).

Why then should we fear? All we will ever need for time and eternity rests in the hands of the One who can meet our every need. What wonder! To go from being a poor cripple to sitting at the King’s table, only grace could accomplish that.