Some interesting snipets of what I was learning this morning from a devotion I’ve been doing…
Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. — Matthew 5:1-4
The term “poor in spirit” means:
Bankrupt in myself (I am totally without resources).
I am nothing without God.
All I am, have, and do is worthless apart from God.
I understand my total inability before God.
Linguistically, the word “poor” carries connotations of “one who crouches or cowers” and refers to one who is beggarly.
This spiritual poverty is, in reality, the foundation of all graces. God gives grace to the humble, not to the proud. The humble—those who recognize their own impoverished condition—are given grace.
Emptiness precedes fullness. We cannot receive anything from God until we have empty hands. He who recognizes he has nothing to offer God will receive everything from God.
Self must be denied in order for Christ to be wanted. If our goal is to honor ourselves, Christ will be far from us. But he who honors God will himself be honored.
A starving heart will give all to have the Bread of Life. It is only the hungry person—not the full—who senses his need of Jesus.
God is near to the poor in spirit:
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. — Psalm 34:18
God will not despise the poor in spirit:
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. — Psalm 51:17
God dwells with the poor in spirit:
For this is what the high and lofty One says—he who lives forever, whose name is holy: ‘I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.’ — Isaiah 57:15
God esteems the poor in spirit:
This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word. — Isaiah 66:2
Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, “God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.” And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, “God, be merciful to me a sinner!” I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. — Luke 18:
God thinks on and delivers the poor in spirit:
Yet I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me. You are my help and my deliverer; O my God, do not delay. — Psalm 40:17
God hears and does not despise the poor in spirit:
The LORD hears the needy and does not despise his captive people. — Psalm 69:33
God spares and saves the poor in spirit.
He will take pity on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death. — Psalm 72:13
God gives success to the poor in spirit.
But he lifted the needy out of their affliction and increased their families like flocks. — Psalm 107:41
Psalm 107:41 states, “But He lifts the needy out of their affliction…”
The poor in spirit:
Wean from self — Galatians 2:20; Philippians 1:21
Delight in God’s glory — 2 Corinthians 3:18
Seek God’s fingerprints — Romans 8:17, 18, 28
See the best in others and the worst in yourselves
Pray like a beggar and praising like a son
Serve like a slave
Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong. Do not be quick with your mouth; do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few. — Ecclesiastes 5:1,2
You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. In your good pleasure make Zion prosper; build up the walls of Jerusalem. Psalm 51:16-18