For though the LORD is exalted, yet He regards the lowly, but the haughty He knows from afar. (Psalm 138:6, NASB)
Psalm 138 is a wonderful song of praise to the mighty and loving God. In the midst of this praise David writes this verse to show who really praises the Lord – the lowly; those who are poor in spirit.
The LORD is exalted describes God’s position in reference to man; The Lord is up high and far above man (not in distance but in who He is). In His greatness, dignity, authority, and power, the Lord God is higher than the highest of His creation. God’s Personhood is far beyond the understanding of His creation, and His glory exceeds the highest thoughts of man.
Yet He regards the lowly. Regards as used here in the Hebrew means to see with the eyes; thus God can see and acknowledge the man whom is poor in spirit. Lowly means low or humble in the Hebrew; it refers to a tree being low but often refers in a figurative way to low social positions; it has the sense of a humble, despondent, meek, or contrite spirit. In other words, lowly is being poor in spirit. The Lord views the lowly with pleasure according to this psalm. God also thinks of the lowly with care, listens to their prayers for help, and protects them from the enemy according to this psalm. Because the lowly think little of themselves yet the Lord thinks much of them. The lowly reverence the Almighty, and He regards them. They are low in their own esteem, and the Lord God makes them high in His esteem.
But the haughty He knows from afar. Haughty in the Hebrew means high, exalted, and this word is never used of God, but of His creation. God does not really concern Himself with the proud because they have separated themselves from the living God. The Lord does not need to come near the proud to know their utter vanity: a simple glance from afar reveals to Him their condition. He will have no fellowship with them, but views them from a distance only. He desires them to become lowly, and He waits for them from afar.
Verses four and five of this psalm talk about the kings of the earth which shall praise the Lord. When considering verse six there are kingdom ramifications presented. These kings acknowledge that God is King and that they are members of His kingdom as a result. This is conformation that theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:3). The poor in spirit are welcomed into the kingdom of God because they acknowledge the true King.
We all have a choice in or developing relationship with God. We can become as the world tells to become and come with pride and hope in ourselves. Or we can come as lowly humble servants – being poor in spirit. We can have fellowship with the Creator God or be viewed from afar. I believe the choice is simple.
But an hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. Yes, the Father wants such people to worship Him. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. (John 4:23-24, HCSB)
For we [Christians] are the true circumcision, who worship God in spirit and by the Spirit of God and exult and glory and pride ourselves in Jesus Christ, and put no confidence or dependence [on what we are] in the flesh and on outward privileges and physical advantages and external appearances. (Philippians 3:3, Amplified)
Make the choice today to be in fellowship with your God by becoming poor in spirit rather than the alternative: to be in pride and be viewed from afar by God.