“And Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, because he always ate at the king’s table; he was lame in both feet.” — 2 Samuel 9:13
In February after the Los Angeles Rams won the Super Bowl, the game’s MVP, Cooper Kupp, revealed that God came to him in a vision three years earlier. He revealed to Kupp that he would win a Super Bowl, and also take home the MVP award.
And there he was, the Super Bowl MVP living out God’s vision.
But it wasn’t all that long ago that Kupp had only one college offer. He was amongst the forgotten ones, but God was working in him as he prepared for this moment.
At some point, we all feel unimportant or forgotten. No matter what we try to portray ourselves as, sometimes the world views us as unimportant and not capable of achieving anything.
In 2 Samuel 9, King David invites Mephibosheth, son of his old friend Jonathan, to his table. But all Mephibosheth is to everyone else is crippled and way out in the town of Lo Debar.
“Mephiboseth bowed down and said, ‘What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?’” — 2 Samuel 9:8
Even Mephibosheth believed he wasn’t deserving of a place at the king’s table. All he was to everyone else was a “dead dog,” and even he thought so. He simply felt as if he was nothing and living in Lo Debar. “Lo Debar” means no pasture, no word and no communication.
Just like Mephibosheth, we can all feel like we are in Lo Debar at times. Maybe we’re struggling with our physical or mental health, and we feel isolated and alone. We may start to believe that what the world says about us is true, just like Mephibosheth. We may believe the lies that we are unworthy of a seat at God’s table because of our conditions. We may believe that we are unworthy of God’s love.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?” — Romans 8:35
Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. Nothing can take away our seat at the table, because nothing can take away what Jesus Christ did for us. God’s kindness is shown by King David as he invites Mephibosheth to his table, and God invites you to His table.
God never forgets you, He never forsakes you and He is capable of bringing you out of your Lo Debar to sit you at His table.
— Madison Thacker
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