O man, what is good, and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God. – Micah 6:8
“Love and mercy,” “loyal love,” or “loving-kindness” along with justice, wee commanded of Israel if they were to walk humbly before their God. Both justice and mercy are foundational to God’s character (Psalm 89:14). God expected His people to show love to their fellow man and to be loyal in their love toward Him, just as He had been loyal to them.
“Walk humbly” is a description of the heart’s attitude toward God. God’s people depend on Him rather than their own abilities (Micah 2:3). Instead of taking pride in what we bring to God, we humbly recognize that no amount of personal sacrifice can replace a heart committed to justice and love. David’s life was an example of this kind of love.
David’s Kindness to Mephibosheth—Jonathan’s Son
David never forgot his love for Jonathan. Their’s was a friendship as deep as life itself. David was thinking about Jonathan one day and wondered if there were any descendants of Saul left to whom he might show mercy for Jonathan’s sake. He inquired and found that Jonathan had a son still alive, and learned of his being lame in the feet. His name was Mephibosheth. David sent for him.
Mephibosheth had every reason to be afraid of David. It was the custom in those days for any new king to destroy all of the descendants of rival dynasties. He fell on his face before David, but David assured him he had nothing but kindness for him. He promised to restore to him all of the lands that had formerly belonged to Saul, and he would receive the income from the lands as long as he lived. Mephibosheth would always be a guest at David’s table. Love will continue in spite of all circumstances. Not even death could make David forget Jonathan. Through Jonathon’s son, David found a way to honor the house of Saul. He never got away from that awesome respect he had for “God’s anointed.”
What a beautiful picture this represents for us. From the first man Adam, to us, the children of the one who made himself an enemy of God—by his sin he crippled his descendants, and suddenly we are taken from our helpless state and brought into the household of the Lord. We are made rich in Jesus, and through Him have direct access to the King of kings. How great and wonderful is this kindness? Not only David, but the kindness of God, in whom David represents! The lame, the wounded, and the forgotten are one with the King of Glory.