The treasury of scripture never ends. The deeper you dig the more buried treasure there is to find. I love this about the Word. There isn't enough time in my life to spend studying the truths buried between the lines of each verse. I have set to a habit of cogitating the profoundness of this great and marvelous mystery. It is an absolute joy and privilege to have the ample resources at my finger tips to make digging into the Word easy. Tools at the swipe of my finger, located on my iPhone like the Blue Letter Bible, software programs like Logos, pod casts from various pastors and YouTube videos of teachings.
I always found it hard to understand this particular passage of scripture in Matthew chapter 5. I have spent some time really studying it and wanted to share my findings. Of course these aren't all my original thoughts. Mostly this is due to the fact that my Bible study group is covering the life of Jesus and we just happened to finish up on this. I have re-read this over and over. Trying to wrap my human brain around these God-concepts. The Holy Spirit gives us understanding when we earnestly seek and ask. I am so thankful for this.
When I am poor in spirit I recognize I am nothing. Jesus is everything and I am nothing without Him. I am a broken vessel unable to fix myself and in need of someone to save me from myself.
I was always confused about those who morn. Why would it be a blessing to just cry? Then I understood why the crying was taking place. When you honestly take inventory of your heart it will reveal the ugly secrets you want know one to ever know about.
Cleansing takes place as we mourn or cry over our sin, our brokenness, our need for a savior. I plead with God to forgive my sin and I am sorry and ask for forgiveness from my sin that separates me from God.
Poor in spirit is meekness. It is being humble. It is an emptying of self. We can label this pride or arrogance. It is surrendering your rights and giving full control to the Lord.
"Meekness toward God is that disposition of spirit in which we accept His dealings with us as good, and therefore without disputing or resisting. In the OT, the meek are those wholly relying on God rather than their own strength to defend against injustice. Thus, meekness toward evil people means knowing God is permitting the injuries they inflict, that He is using them to purify His elect, and that He will deliver His elect in His time (Isa 41:17, Luk 18:1-8). Gentleness or meekness is the opposite to self-assertiveness and self-interest. It stems from trust in God's goodness and control over the situation. The gentle person is not occupied with self at all. This is a work of the Holy Spirit, not of the human will (Gal 5:23). " Copied from Blue Letter Bible
Even Jesus made himself humble (Philippians 2) even to the point of death on a cross.