"Is there still anyone left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan's sake?” (v1). Rather than discrediting or harming his rivals or anyone with claims to the throne, as many kings did after a power struggle, David wanted to honor Saul’s descendants. Only one was left: Jonathan’s disabled son, Mephibosheth, who would have been an easy target. Instead, David restored his lands and invited him to eat at the king’s table (v9).
“Do not fear, for I will show you kindness … (v7). Even when the world acts differently, God calls us to imitate His own kindness, mercy, truth, and goodness.