Tuesday, January 31, 2012

High and Holy

Isaiah 57:15 NASB

For thus says the high and exalted One
Who lives forever, whose name is Holy,
"I dwell on a high and holy place,
And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit
In order to revive the spirit of the lowly
And to revive the heart of the contrite.


I have been spending a lot if time lately in Chronicles and Kings. The high and holy places often reference the pagan gods and practices, the other religions in Canaan that tempted the Israelites into sin worshiped on the hills under trees.

This verse from Isaiah claims those high and holy places for the One True God. But it doesn't stop there. The low and humble places belong to Him, as well.

God owns the lofty, the best, determined by any standard. But He also owns the rejected and unloved. This applies to our lives in an intimate way. We may be tempted to focus on our 'presentable'' selves when dealing with the Lord. After all, we are instructed to give our first fruits, right?

But He knows and can reign over our whole selves, our whole lives. Offering Him our lowly parts, our weaknesses and failures is the only way to truly exalt Him. He is the God of all! Praise be to the Lord!

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