Read: 2 Samuel 8:10-10:19
It is estimated that there are over 100,000 war memorials within the U.K. After a time of national struggle and strife which captivates the nation’s attention there remains a desire to commemorate not only the struggle but those who sacrificially helped to overcome. Many Universities offer grants and funding named after a person who contributed greatly to society. Walking through many a public park will display benches left in remembrance of a loved one. Remembering what and who has come before us is healthy for society.
King David was keen to commemorate his friendship to Jonathan; ‘Is there anyone still left in the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake’ (2 Samuel 9:1). Instead of 'commemorate' I'm sure we could also use the word 'honour' which in its simplest sense means to 'give weight to'.
Opting over a park bench, David’s act of honour came through providing care for Jonathan’s son. With respect, Mephibosheth would have easily been a character history could forget. More-so, I’m assuming Mephibosheth knew this as he described himself a ‘dead dog’ (v8). Yet on account of the friendship Mephibosheth’s dad had with David he ate at the King's table and was provided for. David had shown honour to his late friend and through-so others were blessed. As we live today let us reminisce over our past to recall great examples of people we have met. Perhaps it was those ‘who spoke the word of God to you’ (Hebrews 13:7), or those who provided for your needs (Matthew 25:35-36), maybe even an amazing set of parents that raised you. When we think about their lives let us replicate and incorporate their best into our today. (If you are struggling for inspiration, lest we forget that we are all called to be imitators of Christ (Ephesians 5:1-2)).