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Do not fear, for I will surley show you kindness...
sake. Such is the love which the Father bears to His only begotten, that for His sake He
raises His lowly brethren from poverty and banishment, to courtly companionship, noble
rank, and royal provision. Their deformity shall not rob them of their privileges.
Lameness is no bar to sonship; the cripple is as much the heir as if he could run like
Asahel. Our right does not limp, though our might may. A king's table is a noble
hiding-place for lame legs, and at the gospel feast we learn to glory in infirmities,
because the power of Christ resteth upon us. Yet grievous disability may mar the
persons of the best-loved saints. Here is one feasted by David, and yet so lame in both
his feet that he could not go up with the king when he fled from the city, and was
therefore maligned and injured by his servant Ziba. Saints whose faith is weak, and
whose knowledge is slender, are great losers; they are exposed to many enemies, and
cannot follow the king whithersoever he goeth. This disease frequently arises from falls.
Bad nursing in their spiritual infancy often causes converts to fall into a despondency
from which they never recover, and sin in other cases brings broken bones. Lord, help
the lame to leap like an hart, and satisfy all Thy people with the bread of Thy table!

From Charles Spurgeon's Morning & Evening - May, Day 27, Morning.
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2 Samuel 9:1-13

1 David's Kindness to Mephibosheth

Now David said, "Is there still anyone who is left of the house of Saul, that I may show
him kindness for Jonathan's sake?"
2 And there was a servant of the house of Saul whose name was Ziba. So when they
had called him to David, the king said to him, "Are you Ziba?"
He said, "At your service!"
3 Then the king said, "Is there not still someone of the house of Saul, to whom I may
show the kindness of God?"
And Ziba said to the king, "There is still a son of Jonathan who is lame in his feet."
4 So the king said to him, "Where is he?"
And Ziba said to the king, "Indeed he is in the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, in Lo
5 Then King David sent and brought him out of the house of Machir the son of Ammiel,
from Lo Debar.
6 Now when Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, had come to David, he
fell on his face and prostrated himself. Then David said, "Mephibosheth?"
And he answered, "Here is your servant!"
7 So David said to him, "Do not fear, for I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan
your father's sake, and will restore to you all the land of Saul your grandfather; and you
shall eat bread at my table continually."
8 Then he bowed himself, and said, "What is your servant, that you should look upon
such a dead dog as I?"
9 And the king called to Ziba, Saul's servant, and said to him,"I have given to your
master's son all that belonged to Saul and to all his house. 10 You therefore, and your
sons and your servants, shall work the land for him, and you shall bring in the harvest,
that your master's son may have food to eat. But Mephibosheth your master's son shall
eat bread at my table always." Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.
11 Then Ziba said to the king, "According to all that my lord the king has commanded
his servant, so will your servant do."
"As for Mephibosheth," said the king, "he shall eat at my table like one of the king's
sons." 12 Mephibosheth had a young son whose name was Micha. And all who dwelt in
the house of Ziba were servants of Mephibosheth. 13 So Mephibosheth dwelt in
Jerusalem, for he ate continually at the king's table. And he was lame in both his feet.

"Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used
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King David's Kindness to Mephibosheth
2 Samuel 9:1-13
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"King David's Kindness to Mephibosheth"
Mephibosheth was no great ornament to a royal table, yet he had
a continual place at David's board, because the king could see in
his face the features of the beloved Jonathan. Like Mephibosheth,
we may cry unto the King of Glory, "What is Thy servant, that
Thou shouldst look upon such a dead dog as I am?" but still the
Lord indulges us with most familiar intercourse with Himself,
because He sees in our countenances the remembrance of His
dearly-beloved Jesus. The Lord's people are dear for another's
Charles H. Spurgeon
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