Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Simple Thoughts On Promises- 190

For this is what the high and lofty One says - he who lives forever, whose name is holy: "I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite. (Isaiah 57:15)

In Psalm 85, the psalmist prays to God--Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? (Psalm 85:6)

Before asking God to revive them, the psalmist acknowledges 4 great things that the Lord did to the repentant nation Israel:
1)You showed favor to your land, O LORD;
2)You restored the fortunes of Jacob.
3)You forgave the iniquity of your people and covered all their sins.
4)You set aside all your wrath and turned from your fierce anger. (Psalm 85:1-3)

Then comes 2 requests- restore & revive.

In the promise that we have as the title verse today, God promises to revive. But revive whom? Revive the spirit of the lowly and revive the heart of the contrite.
Lowly means humble and contrite means feeling regret and sorrow for one's sins or offenses.

God's promise stands good even this day- if we approach him humbly and with a contrite heart, he will revive us. And when God revives, the peace and happiness that ensues is wonderful to the person who experiences it.

Are you yearning for God to revive you? He will revive you if you seek him with a humble and contrite heart. Seek him. Experience it. Shout it from the rooftops. God bless you.

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