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Isaiah 57:15 – The Holy God Dwells with the Humble

Summary

The high and holy God dwells also with the humble and the contrite.

Analysis

This verse echoes the message of Psalm 113, and both texts proclaim the heart of biblical theology. God is the lofty one, the high and holy God, the Creator of all that is! But this same God chooses to make a home with the humble in spirit, the contrite, the lowly, in order to revive their hearts and spirits. Psalm 113:4-7 exults over the same thing in its worship poetry: "The LORD is exalted over all the nations, his glory above the heavens. Who is like the LORD our God, the One who sits enthroned on high, who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth? He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap" (NIV).

Isaiah 57:15


15 For thus says the high and lofty one
   who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:
I dwell in the high and holy place,
   and also with those who are contrite and humble in spirit,
to revive the spirit of the humble,
   and to revive the heart of the contrite.

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