This chapter focuses almost entirely on the actions of David, and it should. But what little we see of Mephibosheth is still instructive. Twice Mephibosheth paid homage to David (vv. 6,8), and his words matched his posture: He was David’s servant (v. 6) who considered himself to be a “dead dog” before his king (v. 8). If we had to summarize Mephibosheth in this account, we would probably describe him as being humble and in fear.
Now, we need to keep that picture in our minds as we think about coming before God—the King of kings, the One who is not just powerful but omnipotent, the One who does not just have authority over a nation but is sovereign over all creation. How do we enter His presence? Not with fear but with bold confidence (Heb. 10:19), not because we aren’t “dead dogs”—indeed, we are, spiritually—but because of what Christ has done in our place. Because Christ has taken our sin and given us His righteousness, we approach God not merely as His servants but as His beloved children.
Why is it incorrect to come before God with fear? How about overconfidence?