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Yet you, his son, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, even though you knew all this, but you have exalted yourself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of His house before you, and you and your nobles, your wives and your concubines have been drinking wine from them; and you have praised gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood and stone, which do not see, hear or understand.  But the God in whose hand are your life-breath and all your ways, you have not glorified.  Then the hand was sent from Him and this inscription was written out.  Now this is the inscription that was written out: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.  This is the interpretation of the message: MENE – God has numbered your kingdom and put an end to.  TEKEL – you have been weighed on the scales and found deficient.  PERES – your kingdom has been divided and given to the Medes and Persians…That same night Belshazzar the Chaldean king was slain.  (NASB)

In contrast to Nebuchadnezzar, his grandson Belshazzar did not learn from the event that changed Nebuchadnezzar into a man poor in spirit.  Belshazzar was a prideful king and his actions speak volumes to his pride.  Here is a lesson of what being poor in spirit is not.

Yet you, his son, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart.  What God desired in Belshazzar He desires in all of us: a humbled heart.  Thus, the Lord desires all of us to be poor in spirit.  Belshazzar never took that step towards God because he was consumed with self.

But you have exalted yourself against the Lord of heaven.  This is a good definition of pride: lifting the self to prominence against the Lord God of heaven.  Belshazzar fell to the sin of pride and refused to become poor in spirit.

They have brought the vessels of His house before you, and you… have been drinking wine from them.  Another thing pride does is desensitize one to the holy things of God.  Belshazzar did not recognize the temple articles as holy and to be separate for God’s use only.

And you have praised gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood and stone, which do not see, hear or understand.  With pride reigning in the heart of man the Lord God is no longer on the throne and has been replaced by the self.  These objects were not gods because they are just representations of what the self is projecting.  Idols are just images of the god of self.  Self is the god on the throne of the heart of the man living in the sin of pride.

But the God in whose hand are your life-breath and all your ways, you have not glorified.  As we have continually seen we see once again: The Lord desires the glory for Himself.  When man steals the glory from Him it is done because of the sin of pride.

… God has numbered your kingdom and put an end to it…You have been weighed on the scales, and found deficient…Your kingdom has been divided and given to the Medes and Persians…That same night Belshazzar the Chaldean king was slain.  Judgment day awaits the man who lives in pride.  Humble yourself before God your Maker and become poor in spirit.

Clearly at this point you recognize that there is a daily choice to be made as to who is your god.  There are only really two choices: the god of self or the God of Heaven.  Purpose in prayer right now: to develop the daily habit of declaring that your god is the One True God as presented in the pages of Scripture, not created in the image of self.

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