The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the Lord that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.
Researching the word meek in the Hebrew, I discovered amazing truths. First, meek is not weak. Meek is a confident resolve that God is all-powerful in my life–in all seasons of my life. It was described as “gentle strength”. In some translations the word meek shared the same word category as afflicted, poor, and humble.
My husband shared a powerful moment with us regarding the second word highlighted–“satisfied”. As we prepared for the day, he prayed for us to be satisfied and content with events that would potentially occur and to be content with each other. He loves Charles Dickens and has literally read every book written by this famous, historical author. One of his favorites is, A Christmas Carol. The scene he read to us was the Christmas Eve celebration of Tiny Tim’s family. They were afflicted, poor, humble, and meek. They had gentle strength as a family to endure their hardships with contentedness of each other and the reason for the season–Jesus’ love. Scrooge was miserable and looked upon the family in bewilderment–how could they be content or satisfied in their poverty?
There was nothing of high mark in this. They were not a handsome family; they were not well dressed; their shoes were far from being water proofed; their clothes were scanty; and Peter might have known, and very likely did, the inside of a pawnbrokers. But they were happy, grateful, pleased with one another, and contented with the time; and when they faded and looked happier yet in the bright sprinklings of the Spirit’s torch at parting, Scrooge had his eye upon them, and especially on Tiny Tim, until the last.
Perhaps those who are not encumbered with the pleasures of the world; those who are satisfied in Jesus; those who are filled with the Joy of their salvation have the gentle strength to endure hardships with joy–His joy. There are so many reasons to be offended and fearful. It truly becomes a choice in which we decide to be satisfied. As a family we acknowledged that all of us have weaknesses we are working on–“Will you be satisfied with me as I work this out with Jesus?” Can we rejoice in the here and now and be content in our journey? Can we get our minds off the negative, regrets, and irritations? Yes! Only through the power of the Holy Spirit and filling our minds with His redeeming love–His Word.
“They shall praise the Lord, seek Him, and live forever!”