David settles into his palace and the Lord gave him rest, the battles are currently done. David looks around at his posh surroundings and makes the statement to Nathan (the prophet) that suggests he needs to build something for the Lord, “Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent” 2 Samuel 7:2. Nathan has vision from the Lord that assures David’s family line and his fame, but also says David will not build the temple. David’s response includes:
How great you are, Sovereign Lord! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears. 2 Samuel 7:22
Chapter 8 highlights some of David’s victories over the Philistines, the Moabites, Hadadezer, the Arameans who came to help Hadadezer and the Edomites. “The Lord gave David victory wherever he went.” 2 Samuel 7:14
Chapter 9 records David’s kindness to Mephibosheth. David discovers Mephibosheth is Jonathan’s son and invites him to the palace as a way to honor any of Saul’s descendants, especially Jonathan.
Mephibosheth bowed down and said, “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?” 2 Samuel 9:8
David demonstrates his loyalty by giving him “everything that belonged to Saul and his family” 2 Samuel 9:9.
And Mephibosheth, grandson of your master, will always eat at my table. 2 Samuel 9:10
The fact that Mephibosheth is lame in both feet is mentioned more than once; this must be especially important to notice. My guess is this makes him socially awkward at best, certainly unable to fight or defend his family. I suspect he would be considered one of “the least of these” among his people. David includes Mephibosheth at the royal table.
In such a time as this where kings won their position in battle and their children ruled in succession, David changes the conversation. No more discussion about Saul or his descendants. End of discussion.