For thus says the high and exalted One who lives forever, whose name is Holy, “I dwell on a high and holy place, and also with the contrite and lowly of spirit in order to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite. (NASB)
For thus says the high and exalted One who lives forever, whose name is Holy. When developing the character of poor in spirit the correct view of God is needed from the start of the process. The Lord is described as High, Exalted, and as Holy. God is the One exalted and lifted up, not us. We never put ourselves in the position higher than the Lord for He is the highest Being there is and He sits upon the throne. God is the Holy One.
In the year King Uzziah died, [in a vision] I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and the skirts of His train filled the [most holy part of the] temple. (Isaiah 6:1, Amplified, emphasis added)
“He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom will have no end.” Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1:32-35, NASB, emphasis added)
I dwell on a high and holy place, and also with the contrite and lowly of spirit. By the grace of God He desires fellowship with His special creation, created in the image of Godhead (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 8:29; 1 Corinthians 15:49; and Colossians 3:9-19). Those who can dwell with the Lord in the high and holy place are those who spirit is contrite and lowly (those who are poor in spirit). The human spirit is much like the Holy Spirit in the relationship of the Triune God. Our spirit needs to be in concert with the Holy Spirit in order for fellowship to occur; that is why it needs to be contrite and humble. The word used here for contrite in the Hebrew means destruction, a crumbled substance, an object crushed into a powder, or pulverized dust. Our spirit is crushed in the presence of a Holy God. The word used here for lowly in the Hebrew means low, lower; thus a spirit submissive to the Lord God. Our spirit is subordinate to the Spirit of God and responds when lead by the Holy Spirit. That is the perfect fellowship the man poor in spirit wants so eagerly to develop. To be led by the Spirit and walk in His will should be our primary desire.
God desires to revive the spirit of the lowly. Only God can revive the spirit of man, and the spirit He chooses to revive is the spirit of the lowly.
God desires to revive the heart of the contrite. Only God can revive the heart of man and the heart He chooses to revive is the heart of the contrite.
Our prayer should be the same as David’s if we desire to be poor in spirit:
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right, preserving, and steadfast spirit within me. Cast me away from Your presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me. (Psalm 51:10-11, Amplified)
Pray Psalm 51:10-11 and meditate what it means and how it is to be applied to your life today.