King David’s Table is about the kindness and the mercy of God, of our glorious inheritance in Christ Jesus, and of the Table of tables at which we are even now welcome to sit … and feed from.
The day that someone suggested the name for this website, I knew that it was the right name, “a play of words,” I thought, words that tie together my name, a future order of God’s kingdom government prophetically depicted for us in the life, times, and rule of king David, and the idea that God has prepared for us a bountiful table for us all to feed from. Little did I know at the time that there was another message that God wanted to bring forth through this name.
Anyway, after I had meditated on the name “King David’s Table” for a day or so, my thoughts kept coming to the story of Mephibosheth, who was the son of Jonathan, who was the son of king Saul, the first king of Israel. Mephibosheth’s grandfather Saul had made it his life’s purpose to destroy the young shepherd boy turned warrior – David. In fact, Saul had pursued David and had attempted to kill him right up until the day of Saul’s death. After Saul’s death, David then became king, the second king of Israel.
Shortly after coming into power, David sent for a former servant of Saul named Ziba and asked him if there were any descendants of king Saul to whom David could show mercy. The king asked, “Is there no one still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show God’s kindness?”
Ziba then answered the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is crippled in both feet.”
“Where is he?” David asked.
Ziba answered, “He is at the house of Makir son of Ammiel in Lo Debar.”
So David had Mephibosheth brought from Lo Debar, from the house of Makir son of Ammiel. This, I imagine, was a pretty scary thing for Mephibosheth, as the custom of kings in the day was to destroy the descendants of previous kings as they were usually seen as potential threats and rivals to the throne. This was probably stirring in the back of Mephibosheth’s mind as he traveled to Jerusalem that day. Mephibosheth was more than likely expecting judgment from David, not mercy.
But there was something very special going on in the heart of this new king of Israel. David was very different from your run-of-the-mill king of the day just come into power. Through many wilderness trials, tremendous persecution, and tribulation round about him almost continually, David had formed in his heart some real love and compassion for others, and because of this he was not looking for vengeance in the summoning of Mephibosheth, but rather, David was only looking to show love and mercy to the son of his beloved friend Jonathan.
So when Mephibosheth arrived at king David’s court, David tried to put him at ease by saying to him, “Don’t be afraid, for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.”
Mephibosheth then bowed down to David and said, “What is your servant that you should notice a dead dog like me?” I think that Mephibosheth could hardly believe that David had nothing but love, compassion, and mercy for him. It soon became apparent to him though that David had not forgotten his love for Mephibosheth’s father, nor had he forgotten his promise that he would never stop showing kindness to Jonanthan’s family.
Beloved ones, when the name for this website was suggested to me, my initial reaction was to identify with king David through it. This was soon dispelled from my mind though, and my thoughts were then quickly turned toward the crippled Mephibosheth. I began to relate to him instead.
Dear friends, have we not all felt crippled at times before God, and have we not also felt deserving of nothing less than His judgment when He has come to us and has said, “Don’t be afraid, beloved one, for I will surely show you kindness and mercy for the sake of My Son Jesus. I will even give to you a royal inheritance in Him, and you shall always be welcome to eat at My table” ?
When I hear things like that from the Father I am always incredibly humbled before Him, and my response to Him is usually a rather tear-filled one. I think that at those times I might feel a little bit like Mephibosheth did when he went before David and essentially said, “Just who am I that You should love me so?”
I feel to note here that Mephibosheth came from “Lo Debar.” This name means “no pasture,” or “no word,” or “no communication.” Surely, even this helps to form a prophetic picture for us of a people who have come out of a spiritually dead life and even a barren religious system that has done little more than just create spiritual cripples. But we live in a day of a most awesome and glorious change, even a change that comes through the uncovering of a divine plan to bring many sons (in the Son) to glory that they might then bring in the harvest of the coming age and put ALL works of the devil under their feet.
Yes, the Father is now showing us all great kindness even in the table that He has prepared for us to feed from, and this table is laid out with the most heavenly of delicacies. These delicacies include God’s plans for the next stage of Kingdom progression in the earth, revelation of His great and undying love for ALL of His creation, and even revelation of the way that He intends to bring this creation completely back into subjection to Himself (“the restoration of all things”).
Beloved, I think that if you take a little time to explore this website, you’ll probably find that many of the delicacies that I have mentioned are here.
May God bless you with a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him …