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Poverty is the schoolmaster of Character. – Antiphanes

As David sat before the Lord he again saw himself as he really was.  God was going to establish David’s kingdom forever.  God chose David’s house to be the agent for the redemption of mankind through the coming king, Jesus the Christ.  David was stunned by the honor and his prayer shows he was poor in spirit as seen in this passage from 2 Samuel 7:18-29 where he refers to himself as a servant (slave), not a king,

Then David the king went in and sat before the LORD, and he said, “Who am I, O Lord GOD, and what is my house, that You have brought me this far?  And yet this was insignificant in Your eyes, O Lord GOD, for You have spoken also of the house of Your servant concerning the distant future.  And this is the custom of man, O Lord GOD.  Again what more can David say to You?  For You know Your servant, O Lord GOD!  For the sake of Your word, and according to Your own heart, You have done all this greatness to let Your servant know.  For this reason You are great, O Lord GOD; for there is none like You, and there is no God besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears.  And what one nation on earth is like Your people Israel, whom God went to redeem for Himself as a people and to make a name for Himself, and to do a great thing for You and awesome things for Your land, before Your people whom You have redeemed for Yourself from Egypt, from nations and their gods?  For You have established for Yourself Your people Israel as Your own people forever, and You, O LORD, have become their God.  “Now therefore, O LORD God, the word that You have spoken concerning Your servant and his house, confirm it forever, and do as You have spoken, that Your name may be magnified forever, by saying, ‘The LORD of hosts is God over Israel’; and may the house of Your servant David be established before You.  For You, O LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, have made a revelation to Your servant, saying, ‘I will build you a house’; therefore Your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to You.  “Now, O Lord GOD, You are God, and Your words are truth, and You have promised this good thing to Your servant.  Now therefore, may it please You to bless the house of Your servant, that it may continue forever before You.  For You, O Lord GOD, have spoken; and with Your blessing may the house of Your servant be blessed forever.”  (NASB, emphasis added)

Oh that we only had the heart of David!  If we are living a life poor in spirit we would be continuously stunned by the blessings of God.  We deserve absolutely nothing, and we give absolutely nothing to our relationship with the Almighty.  But the Lord loves us so much that He sees us through the finished work of Christ, and we are showered with blessing upon blessing.  With no expectations (with no Christian hocus pocus demanding blessings from the loving Father) we can live in the blessings of the kingdom if we are poor in spirit.  God has chosen you and as He chose David.  Have the attitude of King David and see yourself as you are.  You are not a title or a position in business or a church.  You are what David was: a humble servant/slave that was poor in spirit and amazed at the grace and blessings of a loving Savior, and true King.

But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them.  It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”  (Matthew 20:25-28, NASB)

Become a slave of Christ by submitting to His rule and authority by becoming poor in spirit.

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