From Lodebar to the King’s Table: A Testament of Redeemed Loyalty

2 Samuel 19:24 And Mephibosheth the son of Saul came down to meet the king, and had neither dressed his feet, nor trimmed his beard, nor washed his clothes, from the day the king departed until the day he came again in peace.

Today I want us to consider the dedication & loyalty of the redeemed. When King David sent his best chariots after Mephibosheth, pulling him out of Lodebar (a place of begging), and giving him a permanent seat at the King’s table, needless to say, he grew an appreciation and a love for King David like no other. We can tell that by our selected verse for the day. Mephibosheth would not enjoy the pleasures and comforts normally afforded him at the palace, until at last he knew that his King had returned safe and sound. It was a matter of respect, but also a matter of great concern. No doubt he was fasting and praying for the King’s safe return. He wished King David well for all that David did for his household. And that’s not all he was doing. If you will remember, he had already sent out supplies to King David on the battlefield through his servants, to aid David and his soldiers by sustaining them with refreshments along the way! So goes the dedication and loyalty of one who has been redeemed from the dregs of sin and society. Is not this the kind of service we should offer our King Jesus for the redemption He has given us through His own shed blood?

And no matter where Christ brought us from in a literal since, weren’t we ALL spiritual beggars until He came along? Weren’t we ALL in trespasses and sins? Weren’t we ALL in desperate need of redemption, lest we die in our sins and spent eternity in Hell without Christ, where the worm dies not, and the fire is never quenched? Indeed, we were! However, Jesus said in Luke 7, “but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little”. It would seem the way that some of us serve our Lord, we have been forgiven of so little amount that it’s hardly worth mentioning! The truth is, the BEST worshippers, and the MOST LOYAL and DEDICATED of the redeemed, are those who have been forgiven of MANY sins. As for the others, they have been forgiven of just as dreadful a place, but simply lack the proper perspective of how dreadful a sinful state they were in without Christ. I would think that ANY and ALL who are redeemed, REGARDLESS of our sin count, should be equally thankful, equally loyal, and equally dedicated to the service of the King! If not, then all we need is a simple adjustment in our perspective, reminding ourselves of the Hell he saved us from!

~ Pastor Gary Caudill
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