September 13, 2011



“For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: ‘I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite ” Isaiah 57:15

“But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.” Isaiah 66:2b



God dwells in the high and holy place with a particular type of person.  Even though He is eternal and high and holy, God still fellowships (lives) with those who are contrite and lowly in spirit.  God will make a choice as to what He will look upon.  It is an incredibly scary and heartbreaking thought that my actions and attitudes would make God not want to look at me.  My attitudes can be so offense as to cause Him not to want to fellowship with me.  What the scriptures are talking about are attitudes.  It is not talking about the good works that we do.  It is talking about the how and the whys of what we do. 

I want God’s face to shine upon me; I want to be pleasing to God; I want to be a pleasing, fragrant offering to God.  We can see that those desires are only realized when our actions comes from a heart that is in the right place; an attitude that is humble, contrite in spirit, and trembles at God’s word.

Humility: I often think of pride in terms of people to declare to the world that “I am the greatest”.  I feel like I can get myself off the hook if I use that definition for pride.  However, Isa. 2:17 tells us “And the haughtiness of man shall be humbled, and the lofty pride of men shall be brought low, and the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.”  That brings pride much closer to home.  Pride is when we make much of ourselves; when we exalt ourselves over God. 

Declaring to the world how great we are is only the tip of the iceberg of the ways in which we exalt ourselves.  What about our selfishness?  What about our desire for people to think well of us?  What about our desire for people to feel sorry for us?  What about our desire to be known?  All of those attitudes can be coming from a heart that wants to be made much of.  That is pride.  All of those attitudes are demonstrating that we want people to notice us more than we want them to notice God.

Contrite Heart:   A contrite heart is the heart that knows his guilt.  A contrite heart knows that Jesus is the cornerstone of his life.  The contrite heart is fully aware of his sin and that he has fallen woefully short of the glory of God and that the wages for sin is death.  A contrite heart knows that he is responsible for the murder the beloved Son.

The contrite heart knows that Christ died for his sins and His death counts for us if we confess our sin, say that we are sorry and turn and follow Christ.  That is how the justice of God for our sin is satisfied and we are not eternally condemned. 

A contrite heart is continuously aware and praising God for the salvation through is Son because he knows that he is guilty.

Trembles at His Word:  God gave us his word for a purpose.  It is meant to instruct us and to teach us.  Those who love God and want to be close to God will know His words and desire them.  God says what He means and means what He says.  Those who love God take seriously his commands.  1 John 2:3, “And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments.

PRAYER: Lord, create in me a heart that is humble, contrite, and trembles are your word.  Revive my spirit so that I can see clearly and praise and glory be to your name in all things and at all times.   Amen

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