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II Samuel 9: 1And David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may shew him kindness for Jonathan’s sake? 2 And there was of the house of Saul a servant whose name was Ziba. And when they had called him unto David, the king said unto him, Art thou Ziba? And he said, Thy servant is he. 3 And the king said, Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may shew the kindness of God unto him? And Ziba said unto the king, Jonathan hath yet a son, which is lame on his feet. 4 And the king said unto him, Where is he? And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he is in the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, in Lodebar. 5 Then king David sent, and fetched him out of the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, from Lodebar. 6 Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto David, he fell on his face, and did reverence. And David said, Mephibosheth. And he answered, Behold thy servant! 7 And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father’s sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually. Chapter 4: 4 And Jonathan, Saul’s son, had a son that was lame of his feet. He was five years old when the tidings came of Saul and Jonathan out of Jezreel, and his nurse took him up, and fled: and it came to pass, as she made haste to flee, that he fell, and became lame. And his name was Mephibosheth.
Lodebar means a place of barren pasture. Your pastor is your food, and you are blessed to have a place of worship. Sometimes we get in barren pastures but God doesn’t want us there. We can come to the house of God. I like the blessings of the Lord. We can come before Jesus Christ, whom we love and serve, because we’re not in a place of barren pastures. There is plenty in the house of God if we’ll only lift up our souls to him and let him have his way.
One time I was on my way to hell in the land of Lodebar. A man of God told me about Jesus and that I needed to ask him into my heart so that he could take me out of the barren land. This world is in the land of Lodebar, but as children of God we’re not.
David found out that Mephibosheth was in Lodebar and sent for him. He took him out. If your heart is clean, God brought you out to a life of joy and peace. I’ve enjoyed the blessings of the Lord ever since he brought me out. There have been hard times, but we can come out on top. Jesus said come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Come unto the Lord. Come out of Lodebar and enjoy God. Let the world know God is still in charge.
All you get in Lodebar is trouble. We have hope in God. He’ll get the devil off our back. He is joy. He is peace. He’s the one who makes it happen. We have authority to tell the devil to get behind us. If we let him get to us, he will, but only if we let him. Don’t give him power over you. It’s time we as Christians walk out of Lodebar and worship and serve the Lord in fullness. Enjoy him. Enjoy praying. Enjoy talking to others about the Lord. God makes a way where there seems to be no way.
When we call on Jesus for forgiveness of sins, the Lord takes us out of Lodebar that moment. Our sins are forgiven. Joy grows. We receive peace that enables us to hold our head up. I’m thankful to have been brought out. One day I’ll go up to heaven. We have good and joyful things through Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Look to him. Trust him. Get in the Word. All the help we need is in the Word.