God has NOT forgotten you
April 1 Bible Reading: 2 Samuel Chapters 7-9
Now David said, "Is there still anyone who is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan's sake?" (2 Sam 9:1) "Is there not still someone of the house of Saul, to whom I may show the kindness of God?" (2 Sam 9:3)
After David had settled down and established his throne of Israel, “for the Lord preserved David wherever he went” (2 Sam 8:6b, 14b), David remembered the covenant that he had made with his beloved friend Jonathan many years ago, and what Jonathan had specifically told him: "And you shall not only show me the kindness of the Lord while I still live, that I may not die; but you shall not cut off your kindness from my house forever, no, not when the Lord has cut off every one of the enemies of David from the face of the earth." So Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, "Let the Lord require it at the hand of David's enemies." Now Jonathan again caused David to vow, because he loved him; for he loved him as he loved his own soul. (1 Sam 20:14-17)
David made some specific inquiries and found out that Mephibosheth, Jonathan’s son, who was lame in both his feet still survived. According to 2 Sam 4:4, he was five years old at his father's death and David had never seen him as he was hidden in Lo-debar, which in Hebrew means, “a place of no pasture”. Being of the house of Saul, the enemy of David, he was possibly concealed by his friends to prevent David from killing him as was the general custom of monarchy in those days. "Then King David sent and brought him out..." (2 Sam. 9:5). Mephibosheth had done nothing to merit this kindness, but was indeed lame and not able to act on his own accord. David brought Mephibosheth out of obscurity to a place of prominence. This is what David said to him, "Do not fear, for I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan your father's sake, and will restore to you all the land of Saul your grandfather; and you shall eat bread at my table continually." (2 Sam 9:7) Mephibosheth was invited to stay continually at David’s royal palace and was bestowed a permanent seat at David’s royal table. Saul's family estate, which had fallen to David in right of his wife (Num 27:8) and forfeited to the crown by Ishbosheth's rebellion (2Sam 12:8), was also provided to Mephibosheth to enable him to maintain an establishment suitable to his rank (2Sam 9:11; 19:28). This is how this incident is described later on: “But the king spared Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, because of the Lord's oath that was between them, between David and Jonathan the son of Saul” (2 Sam 21:7).