And King David said, “Is there not still someone of the house of Saul, that I may show the kindness of God to him?” – 2nd Samuel 9:3
Lord Jesus, David expresses Your own royal heart with the question he just asked. Those words might have come through Your own mouth, when David asked if there was someone that he might bless. A king, in all his might and royalty, sitting in the palace of his power, and yet his mind travels outward beyond the beautiful gates, searching out a bullseye for his blessing. This is Your heart, my King! This is how You are – with eyes roaming throughout the earth, seeking to show favor to anyone whose heart is upright with You. I rejoice this morning that Your searching eye rests upon me. I have received what You have poured out. I have been made to come, and to sit, and to dine with You. I have been summoned from a lower land of living to be present and welcome at Your table and to feast as one brought into Your household. You have made me whole, and You have made me happy.. You have made me family. O King, You have shown the kindness of God to me.
Thank You for being greater than King David, yet also being like him. Thank You that You did not leave off the welcome list all of those who were in the house of Your enemy; You called us when looking for a soul to bless. Thank You that our sin and selfishness, our pride and poverty, our ruin and our rebellion did not cause You to look in some other direction for a more fit specimen. Thank You for coming to the breadless house and bringing us to feast at Your own table. Thank You that, though we were those who lived in opposition to You, choosing ourselves at most every point, You continued to pursue us in grace and mercy so that You might show kindness to us. None could conceive of such a level of grace! None could expect it would find them. Surely, none could deserve it.
So, make us like You today, great King. Move our hearts to seek out a bullseye whereupon our own blessing might fall. Whom may we help? Is there one that You would dispatch us to, so that we might be like You as we pour forth undeserved kindness? We have been made to overcome, to taste victory, to rise from the dead, to inherit eternal life, to rule and reign with You, to receive manifold blessings – poke a hole in our soul that some of that goodness which You have given can freely pour out to another. We know we cannot save the world, but we firmly believe that there is someone to whom we can extend favor and blessing. Show us that person – that man, woman or child.
Lord Jesus, who would You have us to bless today? Make it clear and tell us soon. We are eager to emulate You. We would even wish to be like King David who brought his enemy’s son to live in his own household. Is there someone to whom we might display the kindness of God today? Move us beyond Sunday songs and sermons and shaking of hands. Give us a bullseye for our blessing.