• William T. Howe Ph.D.

August 11, 2021

Daily Reading: Isaiah 64-66

Isaiah 66:2

For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.

The prophecy of Isaiah is ended, the reading of his book that is. But in reality, there will never be an end to that which he preached. For his prophecy is everlasting, it is eternal. In the last chapter there is a wonderfully touching promise for all people; even unto today and beyond today.

The promise is this, the Lord God will look upon the man that is poor, of a contrite spirit, and that trembles at His Word. In all of Scripture there is no better description of a blood bought, born again, child of God through faith in His Gospel than this verse. The threefold description covers it all.

Poor. Poor in spirit, poor in righteousness, poor in character, poor in hope, and perhaps even poor in money. These are the kind of folks that are drawn to the Savior for they are so poor that they have nowhere else to go than to go to the place where something is free. These, upon turning to Christ for salvation, are like those who came to David as described in I Samuel 22:2; they were in distress, debt, and were discontented. This is how we come to Christ, beggars in need of salvation.

A contrite spirit. Of these, the Bible gives some astounding promises. Psalm 34:18 says: The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Psalm 51:17 says, The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Earlier in Isaiah the prophet wrote 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 ones. (Isaiah 57:15). Now, those are promises worth becoming contrite in spirit over.

And trembleth at my word. When was the last time the Bible you hold in your hands seemed so holy that you trembled when even holding it, much less reading it? Trembling can be caused by either fear, or joy of anticipation. The way it affects you is determined by its acceptance or rejection. The beautiful old Hymn “Were you There?” conveys this. “Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble, were you there when they nailed him to the tree, when they pierced Him in the side, when the sun refused to shine, and when they laid Him in the tomb.”

If this is you, poor, of a contrite spirit, who tremble at His very Word. He looks upon you. Guaranteed.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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