"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."
"The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a satellite-based navigation system made up of a network of 24 satellites placed into orbit by the U.S. Department of Defense. GPS was originally intended for military applications, but in the 1980s, the government made the system available for civilian use. GPS works in any weather conditions, anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day. . . GPS satellites circle the earth twice a day in a very precise orbit and transmit signal information to earth. GPS receivers take this information and use triangulation to calculate the user's exact location." ( http://www8.garmin.com/aboutGPS/).
It is amazing how a satellite so far out in space can with pinpoint accuracy locate my exact location through identifying a small chip in my cell phone or GPS in my car. God's Positioning System locates a contrite and lowly spirit with pinpoint accuracy from His High and Holy Place. God singles out a single humble and contrite person from six plus billion people in the world.
Hagar was singled out by God, "Now the Angel of the LORD found her by they spring of water in the wilderness, by the spring on the way to Shur" (Genesis 16:7). Imagine the turmoil and contrition in the heart of this slave woman as she flees the harsh treatment of her mistress. God finds Hagar with pinpoint accuracy. Why? Like the chip attracts satellite signals so the contrition of her heart attracts the presence and promise of God.
Would you like to be singled out by God? A contrite heart is like the computer chip that corresponds with the beam of the satellite. God looks at the position of your heart and resists the proud heart (James 4:6), but He draws near to the heart that bows in contrition.
Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading:
- What contrasts does the LORD make between Israel's watchmen and people and God-fearing eunuchs and foreigners?
- What attitudes and actions does the LORD look for in His people and what attitudes and actions does He find in them?
- How does the LORD respond to the condition in which He finds His people?
- How does the LORD describe Israel's future state in chapter 60?
Thank the LORD that, though He is the high and lofty One, He dwells with the one who is contrite in spirit.