Room At The Table (Psalm 18; II Samuel 8-9)

 13 So Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, for he ate always at the king’s table. Now he was lame in both his feet. II Samuel 9:13

Just before I left home, Sherry and I enjoyed a wonderful breakfast together.  I was in such a hurry that I failed to have prayer for the food.  As I stand at my writing desk I must pause and give thanks for the Lord placing food at my table!

This morning I want to turn your attention to another table.  Look closely at II Samuel 9.  I point you to the kings table.  Do you recognize the king, his name is David.  David sits at that table being the envy of all kings in his day.  David sits there as the beloved leader of his nation.  David sits there knowing it has been God who placed him in this position (Psalm 18:39).

But notice around the table.  We see leaders and we see his family.   But wait we also see one who most would not expect to be there.  yes, it is true, Saul’s grandson is sitting at the table.

Why did David allow such a thing to happen?  In Psalm 18 David writes in Vs: 25 “with the merciful you show yourself merciful…”  God had been merciful in David’s life and now David is extending the kindness that had been extended to him.

This grandson of Saul was the son of Jonathan, David’s covenant brother.  David had promised to honor Jonathan’s house when he became king (I Sam. 20).

I wonder, does anyone see the great picture of redemption in this story?  The Bible teaches us the story of when the Son of God came to this earth to purchase our redemption.  God was extending mercy to humanity. The Bible teaches us that God the father accepts people at His table because of the kindness of Jesus ( I John 2:1-2).

This day I am moved to get back on my knees to praise the one who brought me to His table in 1974.  I am moved to great praise in thanking God for having a seat at the table since that day.  I am even more moved to praise when I consider the day when I will get to sit at His table in Heaven (Rev. 19:6-9).

Question:  Do you have a reservation at God’s table?  If you do, rejoice today for all the blessings that are yours at the table.

Take time to consider if you have missed sitting at the table because of so much activity. Do not do as I did this morning,  It is true I was eating while on the run.  Please spend time at the table with Jesus today.

If you have not accepted the invitation to come to the table.  I plead with you to do so today.

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