No one may have known of David’s promise to Jonathan to be kind to his family. It had been made many years before and most likely extended in privacy. Further, it was a promise most people would have understood David breaking, or at least forgetting about. But that wasn’t what David did. When he could finally turn his attention to the internal affairs of the kingdom rather than defending Israel from external threats, David proactively sought out someone from Jonathan’s family to show kindness to.
We should take note of David’s integrity in the moment, but we should only pause there, not stop there. As we read this account, we need to read it through a gospel lens, one that forces us to relate with Mephibosheth, not King David. We were like Mephibosheth, spiritually lame and in desperate need of the King’s mercy and kindness. The beautiful thing is we didn’t have to go to Him to receive such kindness. We couldn’t. Instead, like David, God proactively came looking for us. And when He found us, He heaped such kindness upon us that we never could have hoped for.
What is your emotional response to considering how God came looking for you?