Many have gone through life feeling rejected or not good enough. Fear, anxiety and depression seem to run rampant taking over the way we think about life and ourselves. Honesty and kindness seem to be a thing of the past, especially to one’s self. Many would choose to believe the lie about themselves and who they are (what the world has led them to believe) rather than the truth of who God created us to be and who He says we are.
2 Samuel 9:1-13
David was king of Israel and did what was just and right for all the people.
One day he asked “is there anyone in King Saul’s family still alive-anyone to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” Jonathan was the son of King Saul and like a brother to David. So he summoned a man named Ziba, who had been one of King Saul’s servants. The king than asked him, “Is anyone still alive from Saul’s family?” If so I want to show God’s kindness to them.” Ziba replied, Yes, one of Jonathan’s sons is still alive. He is crippled in both feet. “Where is he?” the king asked. “In Lo-debar, Ziba told him.” So David sent for him, his name was Mephibosheth.
When Mephibosheth came to David he bowed low to the ground in deep respect. “Don’t be afraid!” David said. I intend to show kindness to you because of my promise to your father, Jonathan. I will give you all the property that once belonged to your grandfather King Saul, and you will eat here with me at the kings table!” Mephibosheth bowed respectfully and exclaimed, “Who is your servant, that you should show such kindness to a dead dog like me?” Then the king summoned King Saul’s servant Ziba and said, “I have given your master’s grandson everything that belonged to King Saul and his family. You and your sons and sevants are to farm the land for him to produce food for your master’s household. But Mephibosheth, your master’s grandson, will eat here at my table.” And from that time on Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem and ate regularly at David’s table, like one of the king’s own sons.
Mephibosheth = Mouth of Shame
Lo-debar = a place of no pasture, where you have been in the wilderness, isolation, desolation and lack.
When Mephibosheth came to David he expected to be killed and fell to his face. Even though Mephibosheth was the grandson of a king and had royal blood running through his veins, Mephibosheth continued to speak from a mouth of shame concerning himself. “Who is your servant that you would show such kindness to a dead dog like me?” Mephibosheth had been living in Lo-debar, a place of wilderness, isolation, desolation, lack and no hope. He was afraid that he would be killed by King David who had taken his grandfather’s place on the throne. Even though Mephibosheth, was crippled in both feet and Lo-debar is where he planned to live and die, God had a better plan for Mephibosheth. God’s intent was for Mephibosheth to live and be treated as the royalty that he was. So God not only spoke to the heart of King David about Mephibosheth’s royal heritage but God also provided a way out of Lo-debar, the place of wilderness, isolation, desolation and lack. From that day on Mephibosheth ate at King David’s table and was treated as one of King David’s own sons.
But those who embraced him and took hold of his name were given authority to become the children of God. John 1:12
God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. Ephesians 1:5
I believe many of us have continued to live in the mindset of Lo-debar for far too long. Even though we have royal blood (the DNA of Christ the King running through our veins) just as Mephibosheth we continue to live under a false identity because of fear of being rejected by Christ the King. The King wants to restore us to our true God given identity of the royalty that we are. We came from the blood line and DNA of Christ the King. He is calling us to sit at His table as one of His
sons / daughters.
Will you answer His call and come out of the mindset of Lo-debar? Will you step into your true identity as the son/ daughter of a King? Will you accept His invitation to sit at His table in heavenly places and dine with Him? Will you partake of the Blessings He wishes to bestow upon you?