In your majesty ride out victoriously, for the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness; let your right hand teach you awesome deeds! Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the king’s enemies; the people fall under you. Your throne, O God, is forever and ever. The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of righteousness; you have loved righteousness and hated wickedness.
When I first read this, it seemed somewhat contradictory in its description of the king in Jerusalem. He is victorious and kingly yet also meek? Usually when I think of a king, I conjure up an image of richness and power and respect. But there is a slight difference in this passage’s description of a king anointed by God. A Godly king is to be righteous and meek and a champion of truth.
Now what exactly does that look like? I can think of one example, and that is Jesus Christ.
Christ has dominion over all creation on earth, yet He came in such humble forms, as an infant born in a manger, as a king riding on a donkey into Jerusalem, and ultimately as a sacrifice to die for us on the cross. There’s no one in such a high position but meeker than Christ. Yet he spoke with authority when he taught his followers, and he spoke with truth. He was righteousness itself because he was faultless and sinless. He boldly pointed out false teachings of the Sanhedrins and upheld God’s commandment to love the one and only God and to love one another.
Truth. Meekness. Righteousness. These are all qualities that I attempt to emulate in my life, precisely because Christ demonstrated them first for us. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of entitlement when you graduated from a good college, or have that dream job, or that 401K, or that wonderful spouse. It’s easy to forget to be grateful and stay humble. My best strategy is to remind myself of the gospel on a daily basis, and to just pray the prayer of thanksgiving and of repentance.
What are YOUR strategies for staying on track with these qualities: truth, meekness, righteousness? Please share with us!