Reviving the Lowly – Isaiah 57:15

“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

This verse has me in awe this morning. What an amazing God is mine. The One who is high and lifted up. The One who inhabits eternity. The One whose name is Holy. He dwells in the high and holy place, which could make Him appear unreachable. But then He makes the declaration that He also dwells with those who are of a contrite and lowly spirit. Those who see their sin and darkness, feeling the shame and guilt, and humble themselves before the King, turning from their rebellion and pride.

He dwells with us. He inhabits eternity and inhabits our praises. Try to wrap your mind around that reality. The One who lives forever and ever, filling all eternity with His glorious majesty, inhabits the praises of His people and chooses to dwell with those who are contrite and lowly in heart.

My attention is drawn to the intent of our God as He dwells with us. It is not to burden us with a greater amount of shame or to make us feel increasingly unworthy. It is to revive our humble, lowly spirit. It is to revive our repentant, contrite heart. He doesn’t leave us in mourning. He revives us, filling us with the light of His glory and overtaking us with blessings and the unspeakable joy of His presence. The One whose name is Holy comes to set us free—free from the sin that binds us, free from the pride that keeps us from Him, and free from the shame that would continually steal our joy. Because Christ came to bear our griefs and carry our sorrows, so that in turning to Him we would know only peace and healing.

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion—to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified” (Isaiah 61:1-3). That is why Christ came. This is what our God does in our lives, the full extent of His healing and glorious grace as His Spirit dwells within us.

Our God is wondrous. His infinite glory and radiant splendor are greater than we can fathom. His power is unmatched in all of creation. He inhabits eternity and He chooses to dwell with us. Let us delight fully in Him, captivated by the wonder of who He is. May our hearts be enlightened to know Him, to know His love, and to praise Him greatly, for He is great, and His name is great in might.

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