Matthew 5.5 cont.
5 O the delight of the gently strong, because they will inherit the earth.
For the LORD delights in His people; He crowns the humble with salvation – (NLT).
Everyone who receives Jesus as their Lord and Saviour can only do so in an attitude of meekness.
As we come to Him there is the realization that we can offer Hm nothing but ourselves.
A few years ago The Queen in her Christmas message said:
“The carol, In The Bleak Midwinter, ends by asking a question of all of us who know the Christmas story, of how God gave Himself to us in humble service: ‘What can I give Him, poor as I am? If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb; if I were a wise man, I would do my part’.
“The carol gives the answer ‘Yet what I can I give Him – give my heart’.
Coming to Jesus requires us to be meek.
To receive the crown of salvation requires us to be meek – humble. It requires us to be gently strong and persistent, turning aside all attempts to prevent us coming to Jesus.
The proud and boastful and arrogant person is not in a position to humble themselves before God.
In Psalm 51.17 David wrote:
The sacrifice You want is a broken spirit. A broken and repentant heart, O God,
You will not despise – (NLT).
He was a broken man, because he had lusted after Bathsheba and had committed adultery with her. He compounded this by having her husband placed in the front line of the army, where he was killed.
In Proverbs 3.34 we see how God views the proud:
The LORD mocks at mockers, but He shows favour to the humble – (NLT).
His word also tells us how He views the humble, the gently strong.
In Isaiah 29.19 we read:
The humble will be filled with fresh joy from the LORD. Those who are poor will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel – (NLT).
And in Zephaniah 2.3:
Beg the LORD to save you—all you who are humble, all you who uphold justice. Walk humbly and do what is right. Perhaps even yet the LORD will protect you from His anger on that day of destruction – (NLT).
Therefore, we must make every effort to walk humbly before God