In 1 Samuel 20, we see that it was a dangerous time for anyone to be David's friend, but especially for Jonathan. His father, King Saul, was bent on having David killed.
These two were devoted friends and we see that Jonathan "loved him as he loved his own soul." (verse 17) How sweet is that?
Jonathan seemed to sense that dire times were ahead due to the circumstances and he asked David to make a vow to him. David vowed that he would always show "the kindness of the Lord" to him while they both lived.
How beautiful is that phrase? The "kindness of the Lord."
It is also so convicting.
Do I show "the kindness of the Lord" to people? Ouch!
That is a WHOLE LOT of kindness when you stop and think about it!
David also vows to never "cut off his kindness" from Jonathan's descendents.
We know from 2 Samuel 9 that David kept this vow and seemed almost desperate to do so.
"Is there still anyone who is left of the house of Saul that I may show him kindness for Jonathan's sake?" verse 1
And "Is there not still someone of the house of Saul, to whom I may show the kindness of God?"
And there was!
(I remember my kids loving to pronounce that name in Bible Quiz matches -especially if they happened to be missing any front teeth!) ; )
Mephibosheth was the last surviving son of Jonathan and was "lame in his feet."
King David said "Do not fear, for I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan's sake, and will restore to you all the land of Saul your grandfather, and you shall eat bread at my table continually."
In one amazing moment, he went from a poor, lame, beggar to one seated at the banqueting table with royalty on a daily basis! Isn't that such a picture of God's grace?
Isn't that what we've all been given in Christ?
If anyone has ever received "the kindness of God," it is us, who have Christ as our Savior!
And what an amazing moment that was!