Summary: Rediscover just how amazing God’s grace is in our lives as David demonstrates it for us.
Where You’ll Find Grace
INTRO: 1. Mephibosheth would never forget that day. Word quickly spread through the countryside, “King Saul and Prince Jonathan are dead and David is now King.” At the house of Jonathan this not only brought grief but panic as well. In that day it was customary that if a King took the throne he’d often eliminate the family of the King before him. Sitting playing on the floor was little Mephibosheth oblivious to it all and soon his nurse burst into the room grabs him up and heads toward the door to run for safety, but in so doing she drops him crushing his ankles crippling him for life.
a. He believed that there would never be a day that would so impact his life and so affect his future like that day. (Destined him for destitution, to live as a pauper instead of a prince)
b. But Mephibosheth would discover that soon would come a day that would make a far greater impact on his life and on his future. The Day he found Grace.
2. Grace is a dirty word for the devil.
a. It’s the power behind the gospel. (not creed, religion or philosophy)
“gospel of grace”
b. It’s the wonder of the gospel. (that God would reach somebody like me)
c. It’s the distinction of the gospel. (No other religion is based upon such a concept)
3. GRACE: God’s favor that is unearned, undeserved and unrepayable.
a. This concept is the key to the entirety of the New Testament
4. Too often we limit it to the work of Salvation in our lives, but Grace is power for our lives
2 Tim. 2:1 ... be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
1 Pet. 4:10 ... as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
2 Pet. 3:18 But grow in grace, ...
Rev. 22:21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
a. Satan would have you leave the grace of God at the alter of salvation, but God’s grace only starts there, enriching and enabling our lives.
b. The devil will tell you that from that point on you must pull yourself up by your bootstraps and make it in your own strength.
c. But Grace is God’s undeserved favor on our lives.
5. David had just subdued his greatest enemies the Philistines, Moabites & Syrians
a. As he sat in his palace, looking back over his past and how he had come from a sheepfold to a throneroom – no doubt he was taken by the wonder of God’s grace on his life.
b. I believed he began to look for a way that he could demonstrate the grace of God to someone that was just as unworthy as he was.
Vs.3 “that I may show the kindness of God unto him?”
6. Mephibosheth would become the recipient of David’s act of grace, but there’s a deeper story here – the story of God’s grace toward us, it reveals were we can find grace.
I. GRACE WILL FIND YOU FIRST.
a. David asked “Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may show the kindness of God unto him? Grace begins in the throneroom and finds us.
b. Like Mephibosheth, before we were ever aware of grace at all it already began seeking us out.
- While we were yet in sin, he loved us and sought us out.
A. GOD GRACE REMEMBERS US.
1. Forgotten by his nation, abandoned by his family –no reason to remember Mephibosheth.
2. But out of God’s grace, David remembered this crippled man.
3. They were quick to remind David that Mephibosheth was crippled, as if that would turn David’s heart.
4. Didn’t remember him because of what he could get out of him (no use)—motivated by pure grace.
5. God’s motivation to reach us is pure grace.
B. GOD’S GRACE PURSUES US.
1. It’ll go wherever you are.
2. Lo-Debar – “no pasture” barren, desolate place, hiding place, destitute place.
3. ILL. Ask the prodigal son, it found him in a pigpen and brought him home.
4. ILL. Ask Joseph it found him in a pit dug for him by his brothers and it lifted him as high as second in command of Egypt.
5. ILL. Ask the Samaritan Woman, it found her at a well in the middle of the day.
6. Like David, he sends out his messengers of grace.
7. No matter where you may be today, grace can find you there and change your life.
C. GOD’S GRACE CARRIES US.
1. Mephibosheth could not help himself, he couldn’t reach David if he had to – so David sent men to carry him.
2. God’s grace is dependent upon His ability, not mine.