Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

My son asked a group of us last night, “What does it mean to be poor in spirit?” I think it best to let the scriptures paint that picture for us. Anything I say will fall short in so many ways.

Deuteronomy 8:2 “Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands.”

Psalm 34:18 “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

Psalm 51:17 “My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.”

Proverbs 29:23 “Pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gain honor.”

Isaiah 57:15 For this is what the high and exalted One says— he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.”

Isaiah 66:2 “These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.”

Micah 6:8 “And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

So, blessed are those who acknowledge their neediness, their emptiness, their poverty of spirit. Blessed are those who know they can’t do it on their own but trust in a God that can do all things. Blessed is the sinner that beats his breast and won’t dare look up to heaven from whence he seeks the mercy he so desperately needs. It is such as these that will one day walk the streets of gold in heaven.