For thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” (Isaiah 57:15)

Where Does God Dwell?

There is only One of whom it can be said that He is the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity. This should have the effect of subduing every creature before Him in humblest submission and genuine adoration of this great, eternal God. He inhabits eternity. We appear for a very brief time and are of such limited capacity that it is impossible to comprehend what is involved in the infinite dignity of inhabiting eternity.

He dwells also in the high and holy place—far above man’s conception, as well as sanctified and separated from all others. This too should have a profound effect on our thinking, for we know we are not worthy to enter the presence of One so holy.

Amazingly, He does not stop there, but He goes on to speak of dwelling with him that is of a contrite and humble spirit. Surely this should move our hearts with the desire to qualify for the wondrous privilege of having the eternal God of glory dwelling with us. This would begin by realizing that we deserve nothing but judgment, for such is the spirit of the humble to take a place in contrast to the place of infinite glory. If we know that God’s place is infinitely high, then our humble place is at the bottom, even though this is contrary to the natural pride of man.

The one who has learned to have a humble spirit and a contrite heart will find the comfort of knowing that God is dwelling with him. As our verse tells us, He dwells with us “to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” Wonderful, precious reviving! Wonderful grace! “Revive me according to Your word” (Ps. 119:25).

L. M. Grant