2 Samuel 8-9, 2 Corinthians 2, Ezekiel 16, Psalm 58-59 

2 Samuel 9 
"So Mephibosheth ate at David's table, like one of the king's sons...Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, for he ate always at the king's table."  2 Samuel 9:11-13
 
Doesn't this story remind you of Joseph—from rags to riches in just a moment!  The story of Mephibosheth is a favorite of mine.  He was crippled and broken, living in a town whose name means "nothing", and the king lifted him in an instant to always eat at his table "like one of the king's sons."  Does that remind you of what David's Son did for you?  It certainly reminds me of what the King did for me.
 
Can you imagine the "beautiful" people that were invited to eat with the king?  Beginning in 2 Samuel 10, we will read a lot about David's "mighty men."  Chapter 23 lists the top thirty along with many of their heroic accomplishments.  Don't you think they were regular guests at David's table?  
 
Reading Hebrews 11 reminds me of how Mephibosheth must have felt sitting with this group.  Mighty men and women of the faith and I am invited to sit at the table of the marriage supper of the Lamb with them!  
 
Thank You, Jesus, for providing me with the "wedding garment" necessary to attend Your marriage supper.  Thank You, Father.  Because of You, I am in Christ Jesus, who became my wisdom of God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption.  
 
2 Corinthians 2:14-16 
"Who is sufficient for these things?"  2 Corinthians 2:16
 
Isn't this the question for all disciples of Jesus Christ?  We must admit there is no way I am adequate for such a task.  How can my life spread the fragrance of the knowledge of Jesus?  
 
Thinking about that question, I remembered the event in John 12 where Mary anointed Jesus' feet with expensive perfume.  Imagine the fragrance that filled the house.  But Judas could only think of what it cost him.  His expressed concern was for the benefit of the poor.  In reality, his concern was about the lost opportunity to help himself, since he stole from the money given to Jesus. To those in the house who knew Jesus as the Christ, the Lamb of God, Mary's fragrance was from life to life.  To Judas, the same fragrance was from death to death.   
 
Jesus, I have no adequacy for such a task except Your Spirit at work in me.  May I be like Mary and anoint You, not with perfume, but with word and deed to spread the fragrance that comes from knowing You.   
 
Ezekiel 16:14 
"Your renown went forth among the nations because of your beauty, for it was perfect through the splendor I had bestowed on you, declares the Lord GOD."  
 
Israel's beauty was perfect because of the splendor the LORD God had bestowed on her.  But instead of trusting in the Bestower, Israel trusted in the beauty He bestowed. 
 
That reminds me of a song we used to sing.  I was unable to find it on YouTube but wanted to share the words:  
 
MORE
More than the water
I love the Fountain.
More than the warmth
I love the Flame.
More than green pastures
I love the Shepherd.
More than my life
I love Your name.
So here I am, take my life
And glorify Your name!
 
More than the love
I want the Lover.
More than the gift
I want the Giver.
More than the healing
I want the Healer.
More than this song
You want the singer.
 
So here I am, take my life
And glorify Your name!
And glorify Your name!
 
May this be our prayer today.

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