Dead Dog – June 22, 2016

2 Samuel 9:1, And David said, “Is there still anyone left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” 2Now there was a servant of the house of Saul whose name was Ziba, and they called him to David. And the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?” And he said, “I am your servant.” 3And the king said, “Is there not still someone of the house of Saul, that I may show the kindness of God to him?” Ziba said to the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is crippled in his feet.” 4The king said to him, “Where is he?” And Ziba said to the king, “He is in the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, at Lo-debar.” 5Then King David sent and brought him from the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, at Lo-debar. 6And Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan, son of Saul, came to David and fell on his face and paid homage. And David said, “Mephibosheth!” And he answered, “Behold, I am your servant.” 7And 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.” 8And he paid homage and said, “What is your servant, that you should show regard for a dead dog such as I?”

In the book of 2 Samuel, we see David become King over Judah and Israel. He becomes more powerful and prosperous in the region as time goes by. The accounts of his military victories are suddenly interrupted in chapter 9, when David becomes convicted that he should be a demonstration of grace and mercy.

David searched for and found a young father with physical disabilities who called himself a “dead dog.” This father’s name was Mephibosheth, and his son’s name was Micha. Mephibosheth was forgotten, obscure and had feet that were severely crippled. He was convinced that he would live out his useless days in a miserable wasteland. King David searched for him, found him and gave him land, servants, food and royal status.

God’s grace is like that. Even if we think we are forgotten and obscure, He will pursue us, provide for us and give us royal status as children of the King.

Scott Sanford