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Sun, Aug 11, 2019

Lifted

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The word, ‘lifted’ (or to lift) means: to move or raise something or someone to a higher position or condition, to rise up from the ground, to raise in rank, condition or position, to put an end to a blockade or siege
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The word, ‘lifted’ (or to lift) means: to move or raise something or someone to a higher position or condition, to rise up from the ground, to raise in rank, condition or position, to put an end to a blockade or siege. Most often than not, the action of lifting is performed on someone or something, especially since the person concerned has little or no power at all to lift himself or herself. This idea of ‘lifting’ is in line with our theme for the year, Our Year of Divine Elevation. We all desire to experience divine lifting, in one area or the other, in our lives. Be it health, social status, condition, finances, study, or spiritual. Though we may not have the power to do all these on our own resources and abilities, but they are all possible (and even much more) through the grace and power of God working in our lives. Our text clearly affirms that all round divine lifting is possible in God through Jesus Christ. Let’s take a closer look at our text.

Mephiboseth: A man that was down: (vv 3-5, 7-8) – He was one of the sons of Jonathan. He was a prince by birth, but nothing in his life was princely! He was crippled by circumstance, became an orphan, went into obscurity, became a fugitive and a squatter. His situation and condition oppressed and depressed him. Unfortunately, he was helpless to lift himself out of his precarious situation. The story for some is like that of Mephiboseth. They are socially, financially, emotionally, and spiritually down and on the floor; struggling to survive. For some, they have completely given up and resigned to fate. Nevertheless, there is a divine lifting for you in Jesus name.

Divine Remembrance and Mercy for Mephiboseth (vv1-3): David became king and had reigned for some years in Israel. Then he suddenly remembered his covenant with Jonathan, his late bosom friend (1 Samuel 20:42). He decided to look for anyone of Jonathan’s descendants to show him or her God’s kindness. David never knew that there was a son of Jonathan still alive because Mephiboseth was in obscurity! Thank God, David sought him out. He decided to show him God’s kindness which he did not deserve or merit but for the sake of Jonathan, his father. Divine remembrance and mercy are the precursor of divine lifting, though none of us may merit it, but for the sake of Christ, God shall give it to us in Jesus name.

Lifted! (vv 9-13) – God’s type of kindness, which David showed to Mephiboseth brought about unimaginable lifting for him. He was indeed lifted! He was lifted out of his pitiable situation and condition. He was lifted out of obscurity in Lodebar to limelight in Jerusalem. Mephiboseth was lifted from poverty and shame to wealth and dignity; from depression to jubilation and celebration! Most importantly, he was lifted into the position of the son of the king! And to dine with the king!! While all other forms of lifting are good and desirable, however, the highest form of lifting for anyone is to be lifted to the position of the son of the Most High! You can experience this today as you come and open your heart to the Lord. You are lifted!

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