Blessed are the Poor in Spirit?

INTRO: What does it mean to be blessed? What does it mean to be poor in spirit? Why would the poor be happy? What did Jesus mean by this? Does he mean poor financially, poor in health, poorly educated? And why is the kingdom of heaven theirs? This poem is based on the first of The Beatitudes of Matthew 5:1-12, verse three “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

When I lived in the city centre, the poor people I saw on the streets did not look happy. I see plenty of middle-class people travelling on the bus and train that also don’t look happy. The happiest looking people that I see the most frequently are middle class or wealthy looking actors on TV and in social media advertisements.


According to the 2021 World Happiness Report, the citizens of Finland ranked #1 in their perception of happiness. The factors that rank happiness were social support of family, health, life choices, absence of corruption in high places and generosity to name a few.

During the three years of Jesus’ ministry, he healed thousands of people, blind, lame, lepers, me, deaf, epileptic… He even raised people from the dead. The Bible records many people who were happy because Jesus healed them, a family member, or a friend. How is this beatitude relevant in 2022?

As Jesus taught throughout the day

Inside, outside, as they walked, as they sailed

He sat to teach the Beatitude blessings

To His disciples and those who chose to be with Him.

PODCAST – Blessed are the Poor in Spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Happiness is often a delusion

Chasing a shadow that keeps moving

Walking in darkness, searching for light

To break through the cracks in the tunnel of life.

God’s true happiness, is not achieved

By living in material poverty

Or living in pious poverty

Nor is it received through what we achieve.

We cannot achieve God’s happiness

By putting our trust in material wealth

Desiring wealth above all else

Which is here today and gone tomorrow.

God’s happiness grows from a bankrupt spirit

For great men and women of the Bible

Committed great crimes until God broke their pride

He used them through their brokenness.

The physically poor, through turmoil and war

Need food, clothing, a permanent home,

They see God’s love through people who care

And share His gospel of mercy and grace.

Believers belong to the kingdom of God

For Jesus is the King of all kings

In spirit, believers are wealthy and rich

Adopted heirs into God’s family.

God’s kingdom is ruled by a righteous king

Who rules in, justice, truth, and peace?

Citizens will honour and obey Him

Happy to live under their wise Holy King.

Beverley Joy © 2021 Simply Story Poetry. All Rights Reserved.

You may also enjoy my poems in this series: The Beatitudes of Jesus – An Introduction, Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit?, Blessed Are Those Who Mourn? Blessed Are The Meek? Blessed are Those who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness? Blessed are the Merciful? Blessed are the Pure?

You can listen to all my poems on several podcast platforms here

Reference: References: John MacArthur Grace To You, Alistair Begg Truth For Life

Bible References: Gen 32:10-11, Luke 18.10-14, Prov 16.5, Is 66.2, Is 57.15, Rev 21:1-5

Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay

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