Isaiah 57:15

Isaiah 57:15

15 For this is what the high and exalted One says—He who lives forever, whose name is holy:
“I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit,
to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.

Today we come to the last verse in this chapter that has the word heart, and it is the heart of the contrite we look at today. However, if we translated it literally it would be the heart of the crushed.

So what is the Lord telling us through His prophet Isaiah here? He is being very clear that as high and exalted as He is and even though He lives in a high and holy place, He somehow lives with those who are contrite [crushed] and lowly in spirit. He does this to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the crushed.

So why does He want us to know this? Why is He telling us this? When we are at our lowest, with little or no hope, feeling like the life is being squeezed out of us and all we feel is pain – we are being crushed by life’s circumstances – it is then we will truly turn to Him. There will be other thoughts, only our pain, our feeling of being crushed by the situation we find ourselves in, then we turn to our last and only hope, the Lord our God. There are no thoughts of work, TV, money, or anything else, there is only our need for God to hear us when we are at the end our rope, without hope – somehow we still hope in Him and He hears us.

It is then He begins to revive us and continues to revive us, reviving our spirits and our hearts. We couldn’t do it, nothing could do, but He can and does do it. It is then we find we have some sort of miraculous relief. It is as if we had been dying of thirst, but now have all the water we can possibly need. Jesus told the Samaritan women at the well about the water there

Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life. John 4:13-14

We don’t have to wait until we are crushed and lowly in spirit, but all too often our arrogance causes us to demand God give us what we want on our terms and on our schedule. When we do that, we forget He is God and we are not. He is not there to do our bidding, but in His love for us He waits until we truly turn to Him with no conditions, only an incredible thirst for relief. A thirst or pain only He can relieve and in doing so revive our hearts and spirits.

David asks why He does this when he considers who God is and what He does

3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
4 what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Psalm 7 ESV

David acknowledges the care God has for us even if he does not know why. While there are many answers found in scripture, Paul provides my favorite

4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2

May you in your darkest hour turn to God and find His great love illuminating your life. Let Him revive you when you are being crushed by life.