Now will I arise, says the Lord, because the poor are oppressed, because of groans of the needy; I will set him in safety and in the salvation for which he pants.
Poor — c) depressed in mind and circumstances. afflicted, humble, lowly, needy
Salvation — c) deliverance, healer, save, victory, safety, rescue, make whole, preserved, liberty, prosperity, welfare and protection
I believe we are on the brink of the last harvest that will usher in his kingdom. He will arise and have mercy on the poor. Just who is the poor? We know He has mercy on the poor but is that all He is saying?
Matthew 5:3 says, “Blessed — happy to be envied, and spiritually prosperous (that is with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the poor in spirit (the humble, rating themselves insignificant), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
He is going to pour out a special blessing on the poor in spirit. Let’s learn just who He is meaning so we can take part in the blessing.
He is not necessarily talking about those who are financially poor. The poor in spirit is a good thing and to be envied. The poor in spirit is basically meek and humble. To be humble does not mean you believe that you are the worst. This is how David Wilkerson explained humility and pride:
SUBJECT — A HUMBLE PERSON — DAVID WILKERSON
A humble person is not one who thinks little of himself and hangs his head and says “I am nothing.” Rather he is one who depends wholly on the Lord for everything in every circumstance. He knows the Lord has to direct him, empower him, and quicken him – and that he is dead without Him. He says, “I won’t do anything until I get the mind of God. I will not act until He commands!”
SUBJECT — A PROUD PERSON — DAVID WILKERSON
A proud person is one who may love God in a fashion, but he acts and thinks on his own. At its root, pride is simply independence from God. The proud person makes decisions based on his own reasoning, skill, and ability. He says, “God gave me a good mind and He expects me to use it. It is silly for me to ask Him for direction in every detail of my life.”