Living Below the Bar

Today’s Truth
“So Mephibosheth ate at David’s table like one of the king’s sons” (2 Samuel 9:11 NIV).

Friend to Friend
Who in the world is Mephibosheth and what possessed his momma to give him such a name?  Well, I can’t answer the second question, but I can shed some light on the first. Mephibosheth was a man who was living way below his potential.  He was the grandson of King Saul and the son of Prince Jonathan, but he lived like a pauper.  When he was a boy, his nurse dropped him while fleeing from their enemies.  As a result, he was crippled in both feet (2 Samuel 9).

When David took over as King of Israel, he wanted to know if there was anyone in Jonathan’s household to whom he could show kindness.  Jonathan had been David’s best friend and he loved him as a brother.  A servant told David about the crippled Mephibosheth, and he was summoned immediately.  Mephibosheth lived in a place called Lo-Debar (meaning a pasture-less land).

My own (very unofficial) translation of Lo-Debar is “below the bar.”  Mephibosheth was living below the bar.  He was the grandchild of a king, but he was living in a pasture-less land like a pauper.  When he came before King David he said, “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?”

David didn’t even answer him.  He simply turned to his servant and commanded that all the land that had been Saul’s be given back to his grandson and that Mephibosheth should eat at the king’s table everyday.

Perhaps you are walking around like a crippled because of something that has happened to you as a child.  Perhaps you feel like a “dead dog.”  And yet, God is looking for ways to bless you, to restore what has been taken away, and invite you to feast at His table everyday.  Mephibosheth was a grandchild of King Saul and potential heir to the throne.  However, he saw himself as nothing more than a “dead dog,” unworthy to receive even the smallest crumb of kindness from David. David’s desire was to restore to Mephibosheth all the land that would have been his inheritance and invite him to feast at his table daily. Mephibosheth didn’t see himself as he really was.  In reality, he was royalty.  “A dead dog?”  I think not!

Do you see yourself as you really are?  You are a chosen, dearly loved, child of God.  You have been blessed with every spiritual blessing, delivered from the domain of darkness and transferred to the kingdom of light!  You, girlfriend, are a child of the King!

Let’s Pray
Dear Lord, so many times I walk around with an emotional limp like a wounded animal.  But the truth is, I am a child of the King and I should act like one!  Thank you for inviting me to feast at Your banquet table every morning by feeding my soul from Your Word and drinking in the Holy Spirit’s power.  Today, I will not limp about, but run, jump, and even dance with the joy!

In Jesus’ Name Amen

Now It’s Your Turn
Be honest.  Do you act more like the pitiful Mephibosheth or a powerful princess?

What mind adjustment do you need to make to start acting like a child of the King?

You have been invited to feast at His table and do so every time you open the pages of your Bible.  Have you accepted His invitaton?

 I’d love to hear your thoughts on today’s devotion. Is this something that you have struggled with in your Christian walk?  Let’s talk…

Someone once told me that faith is believing that God tells the truth.  But many of us don’t know the truth about who we are in Christ, what we have in Christ, and where we are in Christ.  If you would like to learn more about your true identity as a child of God, read  Becoming Spiritually Beautiful – Seeing Yourself Through God’s Eyes.  (This book by Sharon Jaynes was previously titled Experience the Ultimate Makeover.).   

Also, on Sharon’s books and audio page, you can find alaminated card of verses about your true identity in Christ to tuck in your Bible for quick reference! To order, visit www.localhost/sjold
 

 Someone once told me that faith is believing that God tells the truth.  But many of us don’t know the truth about who we are in Christ, what we have in Christ, and where we are in Christ.  If you would like to learn more about your true identity as a child of God, read  Becoming Spiritually Beautiful – Seeing Yourself Through God’s Eyes.  (This book by Sharon Jaynes was previously titled Experience the Ultimate Makeover.).   

 

 Also, on Sharon’s books and audio page, you can find a

laminated card of verses about your true identity in Christ to tuck in your Bible for quick reference! To order, visit www.localhost/sjold
 Becoming Spiritually Beautiful

2 Responses to Living Below the Bar

  1. Dee McAdams January 20, 2010 at 11:55 pm #

    How do you cope when your husband has an affair with someone younger, prettier and thinner than you? As a survivor of child molestation himself, he states it had nothing to do with any of those things, but the inner woman tells me if I were those things he wouldn’t have. I doubt everything I ever knew.

  2. Danita January 25, 2010 at 12:18 pm #

    Sharon – you have no idea! This posting was such a confirmation to me! I am speaking at a women’s event on walking in His freedom, titled Living Outside the Box. This came about after checking the box marked ‘widow’ hundreds of times following my young husband’s heart attack. I have learned that ‘widow’ may be my status but doesn’t have to define me and I want to live OUTSIDE that box!!!! Anyway – I had been studying Mephibosheth and felt I was to use him in my session as a poster child of someone who was living with the world’s labels instead of who the King said he was. Woohoo!!! Thank you Lord for confirming your word. Thank you Sharon for your beautiful post and the obedience of the timing.

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