God had just made an unconditional covenant with David; commonly referred to as the Davidic Covenant. This covenant is to be fulfilled by the everlasting reign of Jesus Christ, because David’s ancestral line will usher forth the Messiah. David, in recognizing the honor given to him by God, exhibits being poor in spirit in his response to the Covenant in the following passage:
Then King David 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 a small thing in your sight, O God; and You have also spoken of Your servant’s house for a great while to come, and have regarded me according to the rank of a man of high degree, O LORD God. What more can David say to You for the honor of Your servant? For You know Your servant.” (1 Chronicles 17:16-18, NKJV)
David sat before the Lord. In an act of humbling himself in prayer David comes and sits at the feet of his God. There is no better place to recognize that you offer nothing to Lord in return for the blessings He provides than to sit still at His feet. There with a heart open and surrendered to God we become poor in spirit.
Who am I, O LORD God? David begins with the question we should all ask. When we sit at His feet and see His holiness and the wonders God works in our lives we answer the only way we can: “We are nothing in His sight.” When we see we are nothing and recognize that He is all then we are poor in spirit.
David’s house is exalted. God rewards those who are poor in spirit. The reward in Matthew 5:3 is the kingdom of heaven. David’s reward was from his lineage the kingdom of heaven will come to man in the incarnation of the King of Kings Himself, Jesus Christ. We too can possess the kingdom of heaven when we bow our hearts in an attitude of poor in spirit.
What more can David say? This is a question we should ask when we come to the end of ourselves and cannot find the words to express our awe and wonder of the blessings of God, blessings bestowed upon us, His humble servants. The man who is poor in spirit cannot possibly utter with sufficient words the thankfulness he feels for the life given to him, the servant of the Most High.
For You know Your servant. David recognizes he is not worthy of this great honor. David in this statement shows he is poor in spirit. David understands God is all knowing and the Lord knows all about us; every little sin; every impure thought; every action made in rebellion to Him by being contrary to His standard of perfection. He knows we are not fit for the blessings He gives us in our new life in Christ. But that is where the Father sees us: in His Son.
Practice sitting still before the Lord today. After your conversational portion of your prayer is finished spend 15 minutes in His presence thanking Him for all the blessings in your life and then sit quietly in thankfulness before Him.