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The story of Mephibosheth is a compelling story wrapped in mercy. He was a son of Jonathan, a prince of the stock of King Saul. God showed him extraordinary mercy by the hand of king David.

Mephibosheth was spared when all the other male children (princes) of the house of Saul were being slaughtered at the time King David took the throne, although he became lame at the age of 5 years old. The bible says:

“And Jonathan, Saul's son, had a son that was lame of his feet. He was five years old when the tidings came of Saul and Jonathan out of Jezreel, and his nurse took him up, and fled: and it came to pass, as she made haste to flee, that he fell, and became lame. And his name was Mephibosheth.” (2 Samuel 4:4).

By mercy, God located and saved the life of Mephibosheth who was a forgotten and hopeless case in the little village of Lodebar. Mephibosheth whose name means, “dead dog” was in hiding, bankrupt and in abject poverty. He was located and restored by the mercy of God to feast at the king’s table, in spite of his lame condition and all the property and servants of Saul were commanded by king David to serve him. (2 Samuel 9:1-13).

The mercy of God delivered him from the conspiracy of his chief servant Ziba. Instead of death, his life was spared, and he retained half of his grandfather’s heritage. (2 Samuel 19:24 - 30)

And finally, when king David gave the remnant of the household of Saul to the Gibeonites to appease them, the life of Mephibosheth was spared again because of mercy. The others were hanged, but the mercy of God protected Mephibosheth. (2 Sam 21: 1-7)

King David’s kind behavior towards Mephibosheth and Jonathan’s helpless son in raising him from a lowly state and providing for his every need is an illustration of God’s own mercy and grace to us in our times of need. (Ephesians 2:4-7) Mercy’s got your back!


Heavenly Father, I thank you today because your mercy has got my back. I am grateful for the mercy you have shown to me.

Your mercy has located me, preserved my life and that of my family and for that, I’m very thankful.

As I go out today to do my business, I know You’ve got my back. And that despite my condition or where I find myself, you have already prepared a table before me, and I will rejoice before all my enemies in Jesus name.



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