Saturday, June 30, 2012
Psalm 37: 37-38
Mark the blameless, and behold the upright, for there is posterity for the peaceable. But transgressors shall be altogether destroyed; the posterity of the wicked shall be cut off. NRSV
People tend to gravitate towards people who are of a quiet disposition who are peaceable in nature as opposed to the loud and boisterous. The Bible calls this latter type a vexation to the spirit. I certainly gravitate towards these type of people and in particular those who are not in the habit of speaking unkindly of others. When we have to tear down another it speaks to insecurity and our need to ‘make up’ for something that is missing. When we are like this, folk shy away from us. After our passing we are not well remembered and hence we have ‘no posterity’. The peaceable person, on the other hand, is well-remembered and has posterity. We should always be undergoing a process of self-examination so that we do not fall into the latter group. Good is better than bad any day.