Thus says the LORD, “Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool. Where then is a house you could build for Me? And where is a place that I may rest? For My hand made all these things, thus all these things came into being,” declares the LORD. But to this one I will look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.” (NASB)
In this passage, true worship from the man poor in spirit, is presented. It is not worship in a building, but worship that comes from the heart through the spirit of man. Because God is Spirit He is to be worshipped in spirit and in truth (John 4:23). God’s throne is not in a building on earth according to this passage. To worship the Lord, we need to be heavenly minded (Romans 8:6) recognizing we are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19), thus we have communion with the living God at all times (1 Corinthians 1:9). Because the Lord is upon His throne He is our King and heaven is the place where He holds his court. We meet Him there when our spirit communes with His Spirit. Our spirit as we have been learning has fellowship and communion with the Holy Spirit only when we are poor in spirit. This passage teaches the same.
For My hand made all these things. God has created the heavens and the earth and all that is in them. He has placed His throne in heaven and man on earth. The only way to worship, commune, and fellowship with God is through the Spirit. From this passage the Holy Spirit walks with is the one that is poor in spirit.
But to this one I will look. The word for look in the Hebrew means, to watch, to regard. The word has the sense of looking somewhat intensely in a focused way at something. We should all desire for the Lord to be intensely focused on us. We should desire God’s loving eye watching out for us (Psalm 17:8; Psalm 33:18; and Psalm 34:15) and giving out of His abundant grace (1 Timothy 1:14) and His perfect will (Romans 12:1-2) to walk in moment by moment as we go through life. What a wonderful promise from Scripture we can hold on to. The passage illustrates who these people are that He focuses on – those who are poor in spirit.
Who is humble. He who is humble and poor in spirit is the one God looks intently upon. The Lord regards with extreme favor the person that is humble and subdued in spirit. If our desire is to have God focused on us and our needs, we need to develop that character in which His grace can be bestowed upon us. There is a condition for the Lord’s focus – being poor in spirit.
And contrite of spirit. In the Hebrew this is a spirit that is broken, crushed, or deeply affected by sin that is repented of and renders the cleansed sinner in a place of hopelessness, except for the reality of the mercy and grace of the loving Father who cleansed him. This contriteness stands opposed to a spirit that is proud, haughty, self-confident, and self-righteous. This is being poor in spirit.
And who trembles at My word. The man who is poor in spirit fears the Lord and has reverence for God’s word. We can use this to test where we are at in the development of our character: do we revere God’s Word?
Take the test today to determine where we are in the development of your character: do you revere God’s Word? Pray about this honestly and develop more passion for the Word of God.