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King David's One Great Act of Kindness

Updated on September 20, 2010

King David’s One Great Act of Kindness

“Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “ 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 bowed down and said, “ What is your servant that you should notice a dead dog like me?”

2 Samuel 9: 7 - 8

When you are living in utter hopelessness and your life is likened to a dead dog, then one day the favor of the king comes to you.


That was exactly what happened to Mephibosheth. He was living in a seemingly hopelesssituation with both of his feet crippled .His life was comparable to a dead dog.


Mephibosheth’s life with both feet crippled was a very miserable life. He was unproductive and not capable of working for his livelihood. He maybe just surviving each day at the mercy of his neighbor. He has no means of living a decent life. He was just dependent upon the mercy of his neighbor. He called himself a dead dog. Maybe he could not see anymore purpose for his life because of his disability. He has lost the glory of living. He was stripped off of all his possessions , he has no means for a living. He lives in poverty and despicable life.


But one day the favor of the king rested on him. One day King David asked if there is still somebody left of the house of Saul to whom he can show God’s kindness. Ziba, a servant of Saul’s household answered the king that there is still a son of Jonathan who is crippled in both feet. He is Mephibosheth, son of Jonathan.. So king David had Mephibosheth brought from his house in Lo Debar.


King David promised to restore to Mephibosheth all the land that belonged to his grandfather Saul and promised that he will always eat at the king’s table. He is considered among king’s sons. What a great honor David bestowed on Mephibosheth.


Then king David summoned Ziba, Saul’s servant, and commanded him that he and his sons and servants should farm the land given back to Mephibosheth, to be able to provide for Mephibosheth’s livelihood.


This is indeed a great act of kindness from David. He had done this because he remembered and treasured his friendship with Jonathan, King David has indeed a great heart of kindness.


Just like Mephibosheth, our lives apart from God’s love and mercy are comparable to dead dog. Apart from God’s saving grace, we have no hope in this world. .Apart from God’s salvation, our lives are futile and miserable if not despicable.


Because someone has shown a great act of kindness, that’s why our lives are resurrected from its despicable condition and we are given a very gloroious hope... Someone gave His life to take our place on calvary to open to us the doorway to God’s forgiveness and God’s gift of eternal life

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He restored to us the riches of Heaven and has given us a place in the table of the King in the Kingdom of God. Because of His great act of kindness, we are now considered the heirs of the everlasting Kingdom of God.


As King David shew kindness to Mephibosheth so the Lord JesusChrist gave very great favor to us, As Mephibosheth never deserve the king’s favor, we too never deserve God’s mercy and favor. But since the King is very great in mercy, we all received a very great favor from Him. It is not because we are good, but only because the King is exceedingly excellent in kindness.

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    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      8 years ago from Manila

      Great to hear from you hct. Thank you for posting this additional insihgts, your illustration greatly portrayed the situation of King David. Yes King David is willing to extend his kindness to his enemies. A great example set by KIng David for all believers. That's why no wonser King Davis is called a man after God's own heart. Thank you for dropping by. Your visit and comments are greatly appreciated. Blessings to you.

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      hct 

      8 years ago

      You have conveyed the message well. Hope we can see God's words living in us. I wish to add looking from another angle. Suppose your friend , his father and you are working in the same company. One day his father was caught by the company for a breach of trust crime and the company director was not pleased with him and decided to replace him with someone else. You or your friend will be the likely candidates to replace him but the boss favored you more.In the meantime,his father has decided to go all out to eliminate you from the company by using all sorts of dirty tactics. What would your reaction be and how do you treat both your friend and his father?

      This was what happened to David. Kind Saul was jealous of him and wanted to get rid of him because he knew that David would one day be ascended to be the next king.

      On the other hand,David did not take revenge against Saul nor did he treated badly any of his descendants. David spared King Saul's life twice. Instead, he shew kindness towards Mephibosheth for the sake of his father, Jonathan and told him that he could feast at his table.

      David's kindness was not only extended to those who supported him but also to those who were his enemies. In Psalms 23 David reiterated the kindness of God for him as he recounted how God protected him from his enemies (from King Saul & the Philitines)

      Ps 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.

      God wanted David to make peace and show kindness to his enemies by eating with his enemies.

      Likewise David had set an example for us to follow.

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      8 years ago from Manila

      Hi RevLady it is great to read your comment for this hub. Your visit and comment is much appreciated. Truly King David is a great king with a great heart. How much he treasured his friendship with Jonathan that he remembered to do a great act of kindness to his son. King David indeed is a great friend to Jonathan. Yes we can learn this great lesson about friendship from King David. Thank you for sharing your additional feedback. Blessings to you and best regards.

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      RevLady 

      8 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      Thank you Cristina for sharing this great story of a great king with a great heart.

      "This is indeed a great act of kindness from David. He had done this because he remembered and treasured his friendship with Jonathan, King David has indeed a great heart of kindness." AMEN, AMEN!

      How glorious it is to remember friendships. We can all learn from this by not taking friendships for granted but as special gifts from God to be honored and cherished.

      Love, peace and joy in Him who showed His love towards us while we were yet sinners.

      Forever His,

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      8 years ago from Manila

      Hi Dave Matthews it is always great to read your comments. Thank you for appreciating this hub. Your visit and comment is much appreciated.As King David gave Mephibosheth a great inheritance, we have also a great inheritance in the Lord. The LOrd has indeed restored the glory of our lives. Blessings to you always.

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      8 years ago from Manila

      Hi cofeesnob it is great to hear from you again. Thank you for dropping by and appreciating this hub. Your visit and comment is much appreciated. Truly indeed King David's great act of kindness to Mephibosheth is a great act of restoration. A great analogy of God's great works of restoration in our lives. Blessings to you always and regards.

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      8 years ago from Manila

      Hi Samsons1 thank you for appreciating this hub. Your visit and comment is much appreciated. Truly King David is a man after God's own heart because of the kindness in the man's heart. God's kindness and grace is reflected in David's heart. It is always great to hear from you. Blessings and regards.

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      Dave Mathews 

      8 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Ate Cristina: What a beautiful example to demonstrate God's intervention ability. Thanks to God, David restores all of the lands of Mephibosheth.

      Whew! I have a hard time wrapping my tongue around that name!

      Brother Dave.

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      coffeesnob 

      8 years ago

      Cristina,

      This is a great Biblical story indeed. David did show shuch kindness and mercy to Mephibosheth. And mmore than showing this great act of mercy he also paved a way for us to see an act of restoration. So wonderful! thanks

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      Sam 

      8 years ago from Tennessee

      voted up & beautiful! Well written, a beautiful example - this has always been one of my favorite stories of love and forgiveness. Even though King David's over-all life as king left a lot to be desired, he remains the only man that God said, "was after His own heart..."

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      8 years ago from Manila

      Hi DeBorrah K. Ogans it is very encouraging to read your comment. Thank you for dropping by and taking time to read. Your visit and comment is much appreciated.I am always delighted to receive your comment. It has been a source of my encouragement. Remain blessed always. Have a great day.

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      8 years ago

      Cristina, This is a wonderful example of Mephibosheth you have presented. When all the odds appear to be against you; never underestimate the Power of the Lord to intervene. King David’s one act of kindness transformed his whole life!

      “As King David shew kindness to Mephibosheth so the Lord Jesus Christ gave very great favor to us, As Mephibosheth never deserve the king’s favor, we too never deserve God’s mercy and favor. But since the King is very great in mercy, we all received a very great favor from Him. It is not because we are good, but only because the King is exceedingly excellent in kindness.” Amen & AMEN! PRAISE GOD!

      It really is good to know who we are in the Lord! Through Jesus Christ we have ALL that we will ever need… Thank God for Jesus! Thank you for sharing this insightful and inspiring story! In HIS Love, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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