“When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices; when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.”
It’s not just prosperity that matters to ‘the city’, it’s who is prospering. When those who are righteous prosper, the city benefits from their other centered attitude.
“Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed.”
The upright, or righteous, bring blessings to ‘the city’. They invest time, resources, energy and wisdom so that the others around them will heal, grow and thrive.
Jesus called this out as ‘good works’ and exhorted his followers to be strategic so that it would be God and not man that would receive the attention and the glory.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
Heavenly Father, may You receive the attention and all the glory for any and every good work or simple act of kindness. You are the One worthy of all Glory. In Jesus Name, Amen.