Isaiah 57:15 - The God The Heavens Can't Contain Dwells In Every Humble And Repentant Heart.
Isa. 57:15; The God The Heavens Can't Contain Dwells In Every
Humble And Repentant Heart.
Isa 57:15 (KJV) For thus saith the high and lofty One that
inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy
place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive
the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite
Isa 57:15 (NIV) 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.
Isa 57:15 (TEV) "I am the high and holy God, who lives forever.
I live in a high and holy place, but I also live with people who
are humble and repentant, so that I can restore their confidence and
He is the high and lofty One, and there is no creature like him,
nor any to be compared with him. (Matthew Henry's Commentary)
Inhabiteth eternity. Literally, "dwells forever." These sublime
words characterize God as the Eternal One. [SDA Commentary]
High and holy place. That is, the highest heaven. [SDA Commentary]
Revive; i.e., to restore life to that which is spiritually dead
(lit., cause to live). [Wycliffe Bible Commentary]
Verse 15 presents the classic statement in Scripture of the two
dwelling places of God. [Wycliffe Bible Commentary]
Where does God live? (57:15) The Bible often describes heaven as
God's home (Matt. 6:9). It also speaks of God living among or within
his people (John 1:14). Here Isaiah combines both ideas in a
beautiful way: God lives in heaven, but he also lives with humble people
to give them hope and confidence. [Quest SB]
Comforting thought, that One so great as God cares about us and
condescends to dwell in our hearts by faith. However insignificant we may be
in our own sight, it is our privilege to be recipients of Heaven's
greatest gifts. [SDA Commentary]
Contrition and humility--the spirit of sincere repentance for
sin, coupled with a sense of one's inability, of oneself, to earn
salvation - are the two essential qualifications for acceptance with God.
Contrition prepares the way for justification, as humility does for
sanctification. God can do little for the man who does not feel a keen sense of
his own need and who does not reach out for power from above. [SDA
Contriteness or sadness over one's spiritual state is a mark of
one who seeks God's face. Such contriteness will be honored by God's
comforting presence. [Disciple SB]
God, although high and exalted, stoops to be with the lowly.
Lowly here is not a social attribute, such as poverty. It is an inner
attitude of humility, of simple trust in and responsiveness to God. If
this is our attitude, God will stoop to be with us, always. [Victor
Bible Reader's Companion]
The life in which the fear of the Lord is cherished will not be
a life of sadness and gloom. It is the absence of Christ that
makes the countenance sad, and the life a pilgrimage of sighs. Those
who are filled with self-esteem and self-love do not feel the need
of a living, personal union with Christ. The heart that has not
fallen on the Rock is proud of its wholeness. Men want a dignified
religion. They desire to walk in a path wide enough to take in their own
attributes. Their self-love, their love of popularity and love of praise,
exclude the Saviour from their hearts, and without Him there is gloom
and sadness. But Christ dwelling in the soul is a wellspring of joy.
He will give them reviving joys and hopes sufficient to
counterbalance all the griefs and fears that break their spirits. He dwells
with them, and his presence is reviving. (Matthew Henry's
While God is great in power and authority, exalted far above
humans, He is also a God of grace, a God of love, who draws people to
Himself. [Disciple SB]
God calls us, invites us and even commands us, but God does not
control our response. We alone bear responsibility for the choices we
make. [Life Recovery Devotional SB]
The stumblingblock is an unrepentant and idolatrous heart.
[Wycliffe Bible Commentary]
When we come to him with humility, admitting that we still
struggle with many of our short-comings, he refreshes us and gives us the
courage we need to go on. He isn't put off by the things we do. He sees
what we do, but chooses to heal us anyway! He'll keep leading us
toward recovery, one step at a time. [Life Recovery SB]
God is willing to provide deliverance from judgment for those
who are truly humble and repentant. [New Bible Companion]
He that dwells in the highest heavens dwells in the lowest
hearts and inhabits sincerity as surely as he inhabits eternity.
(Matthew Henry's Commentary)
The high and holy God came down to our level to save us because
it is impossible for us to go up to his level to save ourselves.
[Life Application SB]