Have you ever wondered who God dwells with?
Have you ever wondered who God dwells with? And what He wants to do?
For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, With him who has a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” Isaiah 57:15
There are two places where God dwells, but before we get into that, and before we look at what He desires to do, let’s take a look at how this verse describes God. He is a God who speaks. “For thus says etc.” He is called the High and Lofty One. And, He tells us He inhabits eternity. And, His name (or person) is holy. Finally, He dwells in the high and holy place.
That’s a lot of excellent information about God. To try and quickly summarize it, Our God speaks to us, even though He above all that exists, and He is everywhere that everywhere is, or He dwells in the eternal realm. Also, He is entirely a morally pure being, both the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. He resides or lives (visibly) in the high and holy place, which is no doubt speaking about heaven.
But, that is not all. There is more said here, in particular about the question, where does God dwell? He dwells, which means, to abide, to remain, to inhabit, to lodge, to settle down and to continue. He lives with the person who has specific characteristics about them.
A contrite spirit. What is a contrite spirit? I love the answer to this question. A contrite spirit means, someone was crushed, broken to pieces, bruise, smitten, and beat to pieces, and shattered. Not the kind of person we might have initially thought. We might have thought of the perfect religious person, the one who seems to have it all together, the ones who know so much about God, and that we admire so much. Nope. Not those kind of people. But just the opposite. Question. Does Contrite describe you at this time in your life? Then you can be sure God is right there with you.
And a humble spirit. What about this one. What does modest attitude mean? It comes from a Hebrew word meaning low, abased, debased. To sink, to have been humiliated. And it merely means lower, basest. Small in a station, quiet in a condition of spirit. Or poor in spirit.
Again, this might be a surprise to you, it is to me, and always has been. I know who and what the world around us holds up and admires, and it sure is the person who is sunk down in humiliation, or in a low station of life. Or has a low condition of spirit. No, it’s just the opposite. But not so with God.
He dwells with the humble man or woman. Here’s the kicker. Why does He stay with this type of person, and what does He want to do in and for this kind of person?
Two things are said by our God who cannot tell us lie.
1. To revive the spirit of the humble;
2. To restore the heart of the contrite ones.
What does the word revive mean?
It has a compelling root. It means to breathe. In other words, God wants to breathe on this type of person, or breath into this kind of person. The word revive means to live, save, quicken, recover.
And it was used to speak of having life, remain alive, to sustain life, to be restored to life. It was used to revive from sickness, discouragement, faintness and even death.
Those uses cover all the bases don’t you think?
That’s who God lives with, or dwells with, and reviving is what He wants to do in the life of the contrite person and the person who is humble of heart.
Pastor Bob Grenier
A fellow follower of Jesus, who is still in process, i.e., being transformed, from the Greek word, metamorphosis. A profound change in form from one stage to the next in the life history of an organism, as from the caterpillar to the pupa and from the pupa to the adult butterfly.