You Are Worthy

"Then king David sent, and fetched him out of the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, from Lo-debar."  2 Samuel 9:5

The person David went after, Mephibosheth, was Saul's grandson.  When he was five years old, an invasion took place.  He was picked up by a nurse who cared for him, but she lost her grip in her attempt to rush for safety, and as a result, the boy became impaired (2 Samuel 4:4).

Think of it: Mephibosheth was dropped when he was in the arms of someone he trusted, and the incident left him lame, handicapped, and crippled.  After he was dropped, he was sent to live in Lo-debar.  Lo-debar means a desert, a wilderness, a place of shame, and the city of despair.

David sent rescuers to retrieve Mephibosheth, because he made a covenant of kindness years earlier with Jonathan.  When Mephiboseth entered the presence of king David, he made a pitiful statement: "What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am?" (2 Samuel 9:8).  He did not have any reason to see himself as anything worthy to be in the presence of the king of Israel.

This thinking affects all too many Christians.  Have you ever felt like this?  Were you ever dropped by someone you loved and trusted—your mother, your father, your babysitter, or your boss?  When this happens, you become crippled in your emotions or your spirit.  As a result, your perception has been distorted, seeing yourself as worthless dogs, impossible to love, unworthy of God's love and favor.

Has your view or concept of who God is, His character, been out of kilter or altered through sick, twisted ways of thinking?  This is often produced by the encounters and experiences we have with those who have wounded us; but you must come out of Lo-debar thinking.  Realize that the nature and character of God makes you worthy to sit at the king's table.

"Your view of God will determine where you sit."



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