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For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; He will beautify the humble with salvation and adorn the wretched with victory.  (Amplified)

For the Lord takes pleasure in his people.  The word for pleasure in the Hebrew means to delight, to take pleasure, to treat favorably, to favor, and to accept, to pay off, to pay for, or to make up for.  God actually is delighted with those who are poor in spirit; so much so that He finds favor and accepts us through Christ’s purchase of us on the Cross of Calvary.

For you were bought at a price.  Therefore glorify God in your body.  (1 Corinthians 6:20, HCSB)

You were bought at a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for by Christ]; then do not yield yourselves up to become [in your own estimation] slaves to men [but consider yourselves slaves to Christ].  (1 Corinthians 7:23, Amplified)

But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you.  They will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, and will bring swift destruction on themselves.  (2 Peter 2:1, HCSB)

When we give God praise and worship with the attitude of being poor in spirit we bless the Lord.  This blessing of the Lord becomes a blessing to us as well as to God.  This mutual blessing is fellowship in the highest manifestation between humble man and the glorious King.

He will beautify the humble with salvation.  The word for beautify in the Hebrew means to glorify.  In the factitive form, God brings beauty and glory to His chosen people.  The Lord makes us beautiful in His presence when we approach Him as poor in spirit.  The word for humble in the Hebrew means poor, oppressed, afflicted, and humble.  It is used of persons who put themselves after others in importance; persons who are not proud, haughty, supercilious, self-assertive, low in rank or position.  In other words: poor in spirit.  When we come before God with our character transformed He beautifies us in His sight, and in His mercy He extends grace to us with the gift of salvation.

And adorn the wretched with victory (an alternate translation of the previous).  The wretched are us, the needy ones.  Victorious living comes to those who are poor in spirit because they do not trust in themselves rather they trust in the Lord.  Being poor in spirit breeds a life of victory.

Meditate on the following Scriptures that speak of the victory we have in Christ and pray as to how to apply them to your life,

Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him who loved us.  (Romans 8:37, Amplified)           

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!  Therefore, my dear brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, knowing that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.  (1 Corinthians 15:57-58, HCSB)           

For whatever is born of God is victorious over the world; and this is the victory that conquers the world, even our faith.  Who is it that is the victorious over [that conquers] the world but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on that fact]?  (1 John 5:4-5, Amplified)

 

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