Our focus today would be from these first three verses.
“And David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may shew him kindness for Jonathan's sake? And there was of the house of Saul a servant whose name was Ziba. And when they had called him unto David, the king said unto him, Art thou Ziba? And he said, Thy servant is he. And the king said, Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may shew the kindness of God unto him? And Ziba said unto the king, Jonathan hath yet a son, which is lame on his feet.” (2 Samuel 9:1-3)
This kindness David was extending to the house of Saul was because of the covenant bond which he had with Jonathan son of Saul. So, you see covenant people are merciful to each other. (Husbands, wives, be merciful to each other that’s the only way relationships can grow and flourish.)
David as tough and as fierce as he was in Israel and to the enemies of God, yet he was a man with a heart of compassion. Through the love of God and his own tender and forgiving nature, David always sought to do what was right before God. David understood how to give mercy because he himself was an everyday recipient of the mercy of God.
When he committed a great sin of murder, deceit and adultery he did not become arrogant, defensive, try to justify himself or run from the presence of God like Adam and Eve did. No, he was man enough to acknowledge his wrongs and wanted by all means to make things right. David had a revelation of the mercy of God. He knew that “mercy has got my back.”
Declare the following over your life: Mercy has got my back! I am glad mercy has got my back!
Mercy is not a license for anyone to sin. But we need mercy every day because even in our best state humanly speaking, we cannot attain God’s standard of righteousness but through His mercy we can. "It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness." Lamentations 3:22-23