II Samuel 9 David’s Covenantal Commitment To Mephibosheth.
David was a man who tried to practice covenant faithfulness. It wasn’t just lip service for him. He had a covenantal bond with Saul’s son Jonathan, and he wanted to honour that commitment by showing favour to anyone who might be of his house. Ziba, who was a servant in Saul’s house and was now the same to David, informed him of Jonathan’s son Mephibosheth, who was lame in both his feet (vv. 1-5). Like Ziba, Mephibosheth presented himself as David’s servant, with the added point that “he fell on his face and prostrated himself” (v. 6). One might presume that since he was lame in both his feet he had no choice but to fall on his face, but in that we are also told that he prostrated himself, we are led to believe that this was a deliberate act on his part. He is also referred to as Merib-Baal (I Chr. 8:34).
No doubt anyone might have some fear when approaching such a mighty king, especially one who found favour with the LORD. However, David quickly allays that fear when he says to Mephibosheth that he would show him kindness for the sake of his father Jonathan, part of which included restoring all the land of his grandfather Saul to him (v. 7). Ziba, who seems to have been Saul’s chief servant, is then directed by David to dedicate himself, and his house, to now be in the service of Mephibosheth, including working his land and bringing in the harvests (vv. 8-10). To this Ziba concurred. Mephibosheth was also privileged to eat at David’s table like one of his own sons. Moreover, we are told that Mephibosheth had a son named Micha, who we might assume would also serve his father and inherit what was his.