One of Jesus’ most perplexing statements is ‘Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the earth.’ (Matt 5v5) The way the world works seems to negate Jesus’ message. The repeating themes of Psalm 68 gives a perspective of how God works it out.
The Lord’s is drawing people to Mt Zion, his dwelling place. His goal is not our prosperity, but our relationship with him. So, Jesus meekly going to the cross cleared the way for our relationship with him.
Mt Zion is envied by the rugged Mountains of Bashan who see an opportunity for conquest, The meekness of God’s people draws out the enemies. So Jesus drew out the wickedness of his day.
The meek do not cave in. They call on the Lord to save while standing their ground. Their hope is not themselves, but the Lord who scatters his enemies. So, Jesus when struck, challenged, ‘Why did you strike me?’
When the Lord finally enters, he brings with him refreshment for his weary inheritance. He provides the plunder from the camp of the now defeated enemy. When the Lord moves forward in victory procession it is the least who are leading that procession. The procession is one of worship. So, only when Jesus rose from the dead is his victory seen as world shaking.
The Lord turns our concept of victory and power upside down. The meek are those who know God’s strength and are willing to go through life’s challenges while waiting for the Lord’s victorious arrival.