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You Got It! Now What?


Remember Mephibosheth? His name means "shame destroyer", "image breaker", but you wouldn’t fully understand why if you only know half his story - how King David called for Jonathan's remaining descendants to bless them only to find this broken man in a low place called Lodebar.

The King's Table

Mephibosheth bowed down and said, “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?” ~2 Samuel 19:8, New International Version

Mephibosheth would eat at the king's table and be served by Ziba, the king's servant, and his servant and sons at the decree of David. Like most of us, I could stop the story right there for Mephibosheth didn't have to get it. It came and got him! All he could have wanted the king provided.

And Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, because he always ate at the king’s table; he was lame in both feet. ~2 Samuel 9:13 NIV

But wait! There is more glory to this story...

Shame. Broken.

When David left Jerusalem under the threat of his son, Absalom, he expected Mephibosheth to go with him but the servant Ziba betrayed them both:

He said, “My lord the king, since I your servant am lame, I said, ‘I will have my donkey saddled and will ride on it, so I can go with the king.’ But Ziba my servant betrayed me. And he has slandered your servant to my lord the king. My lord the king is like an angel of God; so do whatever you wish. All my grandfather’s descendants deserved nothing but death from my lord the king, but you gave your servant a place among those who eat at your table. So what right do I have to make any more appeals to the king?” ~2 Samuel 19:26-28 NIV

By now, David had given all Mephibosheth had to Ziba, but returned half to Mephibosheth because of the betrayal.

(Lord, let me respond to your blessings like this):

Mephibosheth said to the king, “Let him take everything, now that my lord the king has returned home safely.” ~2 Samuel 19:30 NIV

Feed Your Craving

Mephibosheth never fought in a battle, never drew a sword, but he won. He won the battle over shame.

Some of you have heard me say, "If God is all you've got, then God is all you need".

This is that.

Mephibosheth never went after kingdom. He went after the King. He laid down the shame of his legacy and history and picked up glory. His character and devotion caused him to rise above others.

He didn't need stuff. He needed the King.