For thus said the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place…
I. Let us consider who Is SPEAKING IN THE TEXT. This is necessary to a right apprehension of what He says, and particularly to a clear perception of those riches of condescension, compassion, and grace, which His words unfold to our view.
1. He is "the High and Lofty One."
2. He inhabiteth eternity. He is therefore as different as possible from the children of men.
3. His name is Holy.
II. Let us consider WHAT IS SAID BY HIM.
1. He tells us that He "dwells in the high and holy place;" that is, in the heaven of heavens, the peculiar residence of the Deity, where His glory is chiefly manifested, and His favour is chiefly enjoyed. Heaven is not only high, but the highest place in the whole creation. There is no other place that can for a moment be compared with it, either in glory or felicity. Nor is there any other place so holy.
2. God here says that He dwells also with him that is of a contrite and humble spirit. By the man thus described we are to understand the sinner who has been enlightened by the Spirit Of God, who has been convinced of his sinfulness, and brought to true repentance.
3. God here tells us what is the end He has in view in dwelling with such characters. It is to "revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones." The same God that afflicts the sinner revives and cheers him. Learn —
(1) To entertain right thoughts of God.
(2) To harbour just thoughts of the contrite, humble, and penitent offender.
(3) How we may obtain solid happiness.
Parallel VersesKJV: 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.
WEB: 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 also who is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite.