THE KING HAS COME SAFELY HOME

Today's devotion from 2 Samuel 19.

Joab confronted the king. While more direct, this is not the first time he had done so (2 Samuel 14). Further, it was Joab himself who thrust javelins into the heart of Absalom (2 Samuel 18:14). While David apparently agreed with his advice, this appears to be the last straw. David is in a mood for reckoning. He sends word to unite the kingdom once more. Part of his plan is to replace Joab with Amasa. (We'll see more about this later)

Then, David forgives Shimei, the curser, and deals with Mephibosheth. As it turns out, Ziba, the servant of Saul, had lied about Mephibosheth. Saul's descendent wasn't scheming to take the kingdom. Instead, he had demonstrated the external evidences of genuine grief and remorse over David's situation. When David tried to give his property back, Mephibosheth refused. He was simply glad the king was back.

There is the interesting mention of Barzillai. When he is invited to join the king at court, he rejected the offer, but hoped that his son, Chimham, would be afforded the opportunity. He was gladly received into David's entourage as thanks for all that Barzillai had done. And the chapter concludes with the Israelite tribes bickering amongst themselves over who should have had the honor or receiving David back to the throne, and we are kind of left shaking our heads at what to do with this section of scripture.

Of all of them, the one that strikes me is the response of Mephibosheth. He turned down a fortune, but why? He was simply happy to back in the palace with the king. As long as David was on the throne, Mephibosheth would be treated like a prince. What else did he need?

So many people jockeying for position or rank or priviledge, and here Mephibosheth is, lame, outcast, and manipulated by a servant, and he is, apparently, just happy to see David. When there was nothing left for him, David adopted him. In this, we see a glimpse of our relationship with God.

As I thought on this response, I felt a little embarrassed. How is it that Mephibosheth could be content enough in David's company to turn down fortunes, and often we believers would rather pursue chances at "wealth" instead of being content in our adoption by the One Eternal King? Friend, what do you want? Do you want the things God might give you, or are you content with God, Himself?