“The high and lofty one who lives in eternity, the Holy One, says this: ‘I live in the high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I restore the crushed spirit of the humble and revive the courage of those with repentant hearts.”’
Isaiah 57:15 (NLT)
I love the poeticness of today’s passage. God the “high and lofty one, who lives in eternity.” What a fitting description. He is the Holy One! How worthy He is of our worship and praise. And yet in the same passage we hear Him say that He can live in the high and holy place with those who are not holy. It is not perfection that He is looking for. It is not holiness. He knows how far those are from our human condition. But there is one thing within our grasp. One thing that each of us can aspire to. We can be contrite, humble and repent. God’s love, through the sacrifice of Jesus, a love we cannot even begin to fathom, allows Him to, “restore the crushed spirit of the humble and revive the courage of those with repentant hearts.” Today, you can come into the very presence of the High and Lofty one, the one who lives in eternity. Bring your crushed spirit. Bring your failing heart. But with them bring humility and repentance and He will restore your soul.
Dear High and Lofty One. Dear Holy Father. How I thank You that You are God. That in Your majestic love You have allowed me to humble myself and know You. How I repent from my sin. How I bow with a contrite heart. How I accept the gift of Christ’s death on the Cross for me. You are the Holy One and how I praise You for Your love. Revive my heart with joy, I pray.
TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
The High and Lofty One, the Holy Father loves me
Today, meditate on our majestic Father. Picture Him as the High and Lofty One. Sense His might, His power, His awesomeness. And then visualize God looking for you. Not to punish you. Not to banish you. No, picture Him coming to know you, to love you, to help you, to restore you. See His great love for you and visualize yourself responding to Him in gratitude, humility and repentance. Enjoy your time together.
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