Praying through the Psalms

Praying through the Psalms

Monday, March 13, 2017

Being "Meek" Doesn't Mean Being "Wimpy"

Day 12 Matthew 5:5


“Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth”

Matthew Henry writes, “The meek are those who quietly submit themselves to God, to his word and to his rod, who follow his directions, and comply with his designs.”  Someone who is meek is not easily offended.  They don’t always react and take things personally. Instead of reacting to a situation with inflammatory actions, they help pacify the situation. I don’t think “meek” means “wimpy”. One’s greatest strength can be self-control when under attack, or in a situation that might call for retaliation. Jesus was meek. During his trial, he was struck on the cheek but calmly stayed in control.

 “And they shall inherit the earth”. This is a direct quote from Psalm 37:11 This psalm was written by King David as he faced those who wanted to kill him. He says to, “Be still and wait patiently before the Lord.” 37:7 This is one of the few promises that relates to a temporal blessing, “for they shall inherit the earth.” Meekness often creates a sense of peace, joy, and contentment. Again, this is counter-cultural and that is why it seems so contradictory.


Jesus, you showed how being meek is truly being powerful.  When we are tempted to lash out at others, let us rest in your joy and peace which passes all understanding. In Your name, Amen. 

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