by Tammy Phillips
October 3, 2020
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 NKJV)
One of my favorite scriptures is, “He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds. (Psalm 143:7) I see a picture of God picking up the broken pieces of our hearts and lives and surgically sewing them back together, better than before. He creates a beautiful quilt of our broken lives. He is God; He can do that and more.
When I read Isaiah 57:15, I did not know the definition of contrite. I found it to be the Hebrew word, dakka, meaning, dust, crushed, literally powder, very much crushed, broken small. It a derivative of daka meaning be broken into pieces, bruised, oppressed, beat to pieces, crushed to pieces.
So according to Isaiah 57:15, not only is He the God of Psalms 143:7, who mends our broken hearts. He is the God, High and Lifted Up, who goes low into the humble spaces of our lives. He takes the very smallest particles of our crushed spirits, the powdery dust of our disasters and revives us.
The word revive means breathe life into; return, restore, recover life, cause to grow, to flourish, to live well and be prosperous; to recover health; to be healed; to be refreshed; to deliver from destruction.
Dust is the smallest picture of brokenness that I can imagine. Almighty God lovingly and willingly steps from the highest high to the lowest low. He dusts up our debris. (Yes! God dusts, too!) He miraculously and meticulously, as only He can do, breathes life into powder of our existence. What happens when we blow on specs of dust? The pieces fly violently through the air. God’s breath is different. It is healing, restorative, reviving glue. Not only does His breath bring our brokenness back to life, it causes us to flourish and prosper in places where we were shattered.
I will never look at dust quite the same again.
I enCOURAGE you to call out to the Reviver, the High and Lofty One. No thing, No life, circumstance, no situation nor relationship, is beyond His healing, life giving, breath. He made us from dust, so surely His word is true that He can revive us from dust. Thanks God that He dusts, too!
“Revive us, and we will call upon Your name. Restore us, O LORD God of hosts; Cause Your face to shine, And we shall be saved!” (Psalm 80:18-19 NKJV)
Thought: Ponder on God’s greatness and our smallness. Think about the galaxies, stars and planets as dust particles that God just breathed into the universe.