The Blessedness of Meekness


       Centuries before Jesus’ beatitude in His sermon on the mount, the Psalmist extolled the greatness and blessedness of meekness with these words: “the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the meek with salvation” (Psalm 149:4 KJV).

     Meekness is the furthest thing from weakness.  It is he who “has no rule over his own spirit” that is like “a city broken down, without walls” (Proverbs 25:28).  Meekness is power under control.  It is one who is swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath (James 1:19).

     Isaiah 66 aptly describes the blessedness of meekness when he wrote, “on this one will I look: on him who is poor and of a contrite spirit and who trembles at My word” (v. 2).  It is the one who discards all filthiness and wickedness so he can receive with meekness the word, then engraft that word into his heart and be a doer of it whose soul will be saved (James 1:21-23).  He is the person who Jehovah beautifies with salvation. 

     The meek enjoy the abundant life on earth (John 10:10) and eternal life in heaven.

     Oh, the blessedness of meekness!

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