THURSDAY 18 August, 2016
Receiving High Honors
For all my father’s house were but dead men before my lord the king. Yet you set your servant among those who eat at your own table. Therefore what right have I still to cry out anymore to the king?” - 2 Samuel 19:28
Mephiboshethhad told David he was like an angel of God in his life. He was fully submitted to David, to do whatever he thought best after hearing how Ziba had slandered him (2 Samuel 19:27). It was the same as saying, “Whatever you think, go for it.” He had not defended himself but had given to David the true facts and left the outcome to the king’s good judgment.
Mephibosheth, trusted David,even if he never lifted another finger to help him, he was completely satisfied. He had received high honors from David; he treated him as one of his own sons, eating daily at the king’s table and having all his needs met––what more could he ask?
There may come a time in your life, when you will have to face slander brought against you. Often, the first thing we want to do is to defend ourselves. Be careful––if you defend yourself you will be judged guilty. Learn from Mephibosheth’s situation, when asked to give account, tell the truth, the facts and leave the judgments and the outcome in God’s hands.
God is completely able to deliver you from their lies: Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue (Psalm 120:2). The Lord will judge those who are guilty of lying: You shall destroy those who speak falsehood (Psalm 5:6). It is important for us to trust the Lord and understand His justice. He has told us: …those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me shall be lightly esteemed (2 Samuel 2:30).
Imagine, we have received salvation, what more can we ask of God?
Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
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