A Promise Kept
Lord, You have brought me to Your table and given me a place of honor. I praise Your name.
2 Samuel 8:15-9:13
What promise has been made to you and kept?
When Jonathan warned David of his father's plan to kill him (1 Sam. 20), they swore an oath to look after each other's families (20:42). David then seeks out Saul's family (1) to fulfill this promise. There seems much delay between when David was made king and his fulfilling his vow to Jonathan. Jonathan's son Mephibosheth is now grown up, with a son of his own (12). Why the delay? Maybe David wanted to consolidate his position first, or maybe his conscience was catching up with him.
David's act flows from 2 Samuel 8:15, where David is described as showing justice to everyone. When God places us in a position of leadership, how do we use it? Are we fair to everyone, or do we show favoritism to people for our own advantage or those who have similar opinions or backgrounds to ourselves?
Mephibosheth's description of himself as a "dead dog" (8) demonstrates Mephibosheth's humility and indicates he was not a threat to David. In turn, David treats Mephibosheth like one of his sons sitting at his table (11). Although overdue, David has kept his promise to Jonathan.
Do you keep your promises to others? Think about a promise you have made but not kept. Rectify it.
Lord, You are the promise-keeping God. Help us to be a promise-keeping people whose word is sure.
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