This is the nature of God’s kingdom. Mephibosheth came before David in humility, with nothing to offer, and David elevated him to a master and royalty, such that he ate at the king’s table like one of the king’s sons (2 Sam. 9:11). This recalls the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32), which shows us a picture of God’s heart for our salvation. After squandering his inheritance, the prodigal son returns home with a plan to work as a hired hand for his father. But when he approached the house, the father ran to his humbled son, escorted him home, and threw a party for his son who was lost but now found. This is what God does for us through the gospel: He takes undeserving sinners and elevates them to children of the King. This is the upside-down nature of God’s grace.