Friday, April 24, 2009

Who are we?

Who am I? It's a question everyone eventually asks, right? And it's usually followed by ponderings about purpose, priorities and principles. A beautiful story from today's reading gives us insights that help answer some of life's most significant questions.

2 Samuel 8 and 9 and 1 Chronicles 18 are the passages for today. They continue to explain events related to King David's reign, but chapter 9 of 2nd Samuel tells the story of Mephibosheth, one of my favorites in all of scripture.

Mephibosheth was the crippled grandson of King Saul. David sought him out and brought him to the palace so that he could show him kindness. He returned to him his rightful inheritance,and scripture says that Mephibosheth ate regularly at the king's table.

So, what does that have to do with who we are? We are like Mephibosheth before he met the king...we are in hiding, we are weak and we are lame. We are ignorant of all that the king offers, but like King David, Our King Jesus seeks us before we seek Him, offering an invitation for us to come and dine at His table!

When we accept His invitation, we are received as sons and daughters, enjoying unbroken fellowship with him. We aren't guaranteed total elimination of all our weaknesses or infirmities, but our relationship with The King paves the way for us to see ourselves in a new light that is truly transforming.

Pondering our purpose should also prompt us to consider David's actions. By all accounts, Mephibosheth was David's enemy--but he blessed him anyway.

God has given us the treasure of His Word. In it, he shows us pictures of who we are and who He is through accounts like this one that allow us to glimpse His merciful grace.

Thank you Father that you welcome us to your table and that your strength is perfected in our weaknesses. Your loving kindness is matchless and your generosity overwhelms.

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