Friday, October 16, 2009
This morning I read the Old Testament book of Isaiah, chapters 60-66. These words from 66:1-6 in particular moved me:
1 "Thus says the LORD: 'Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool; what is the house that you would build for me, and what is the place of my rest? 2 All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be,' declares the LORD. 'But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.
"3 'He who slaughters an ox is like one who kills a man; he who sacrifices a lamb, like one who breaks a dog's neck; he who presents a grain offering, like one who offers pig's blood; he who makes a memorial offering of frankincense, like one who blesses an idol. These have chosen their own ways, and their soul delights in their abominations; 4 I also will choose harsh treatment for them and bring their fears upon them, because when I called, no one answered, when I spoke, they did not listen; but they did what was evil in my eyes and chose that in which I did not delight.'
"5 Hear the word of the LORD, you who tremble at his word: 'Your brothers who hate you and cast you out for my name's sake have said, "Let the LORD be glorified, that we may see your joy"; but it is they who shall be put to shame.' 6 The sound of an uproar from the city! A sound from the temple! The sound of the LORD, rendering recompense to his enemies!"
Oh that I might learn to be a man who humbles myself before God by trembling at his Word. As it is I'm so arrogant. Oh Lord, please help me to humble myself before you that I might know your great joy! For you oppose the proud but you give grace to the humble (1 Peter 5:5ff).