And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father’s sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually. ~2 Samuel 9:7
It is very special to sit at the table with a dignitary. It is very humbling when someone of great prominence and importance invites me to sit at his table with him. His table is preeminent of all the tables in the room. Everyone watches the head table for protocol. The head table is the one that is served first. The head table is the one where the food will be in ample supply. In our devotion this morning, we see Mephibosheth being given the privilege of eating at the king’s table. What a picture of the privilege that God has given us as sons of God.
We see the favor.
Mephibosheth was of the lineage of Saul. He fled the kingdom when David came to the throne. In the process of leaving, he had an accident that left him lame on both feet. The Bible says that “he fell and became lame.” This is a picture of the sad consequences of sin in every life. We are fallen and spiritually lame. However, David extended kindness to Mephibosheth, and gave him a place at the king’s table as one of the king’s sons. This favor is a beautiful picture of God’s grace in bringing every sinner to a place of privilege in salvation.
We see the fellowship.
Eating at the king’s table meant fellowship with the king! He would eat and drink what the king ate and drank. His fellowship would be close and not far away. His fellowship would involve one-on-one conversations. Our greatest need, spiritually, is to have fellowship with our Lord. As with Mephibosheth, we are privileged to eat bread continually. Fellowship is needed to provoke us to love and good works. Fellowship leads to joy. The highlight of the day is fellowship at the King’s table!
We see the food.
The king’s table has an unending supply of food. David said, “Thou shalt eat bread at my table continually.” The king never held back when it came to the food served. Our “bread” and “food” at the King’s table is God’s precious Word. “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” For the new and growing believer, God’s Word is sincere milk. For the maturing believer, it is meat that makes us strong. It is sweeter than honey and the honeycomb. Nutritionists recommend that taking a spoonful of honey is helpful to us when we are very hungry and in need of immediate nourishment. When we are depleted spiritually, it is God’s Word which is honey for our souls.
We see the fulfillment.
Eating at the king’s table brings us satisfaction and fulfillment. David said, “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies.” Closeness to the King affords us protection, provision, and peace. The enemy does not dare approach us when we are at the King’s table. When we are at the King’s table, there is no other place we would rather be. We are on the inside looking out, and not on the outside looking in. There is nothing we lack, and there is nothing more gratifying. Your life and future are complete when you eat bread at this table continually.
This morning, find your place at the King’s table. Draw close to your King in conversation. Draw close to your King in fellowship. Eat of His delicacies that He places before you.
Have a contented God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: 2 Samuel 22-24