Posts Tagged ‘heart’
“This is the one I esteem:
He who is humble and contrite in spirit
and trembles at My Word.” Isaiah 66:2
This Bible verse from Isaiah is really cool. One main reason why I love it is because it uses the word esteem. Esteem means to honor, to lift up, to put in the spotlight. That’s a pretty cool word picture. God very rarely says that He will esteem someone. But here in this Bible verse, He gives the criteria for the person whom He will esteem. In another post, we went through a verse that said that the sacrifices that God wants from us are a broken spirit and a contrite heart. Here again in this verse, we see that God esteems the one who has a humble and contrite spirit. So what does contrite mean anyway? It’s very similar to things like humility, meekness, and surrender. In my mind a contrite spirit is one who is humble and stands with the fear of the Lord.
But what about the second part of the verse? What does it mean to tremble at the word of God? Obviously trembling is a synonym of fear, and people only generally tremble in the presence of something powerful. When I see that phrase, “who trembles at my word,” in my mind it brings the idea that we first fully realize how powerful God’s word is, that it isn’t just some book written thousands of years ago to a people group a lot different from us. Rather, it’s powerful and relevant for today, and has the ability to change our lives if we’ll give it the respect and attention it deserves. That’s what the phrase means to me.
“Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalms 90:12
This Bible verse is really interesting for a number of different reasons. Psalm 90 was actually written by Moses, the only one Moses wrote. Secondly, I find it really interesting that Moses says that we ought to gain a heart of wisdom. Wisdom is often a character trait that we associate with the mind. But here, Moses advises us to number our days that our hearts may become wise. That’s really interesting to me. It raises a lot of questions. What’s the difference between a mind of wisdom and a heart of wisdom? And how does numbering our days make our hearts wise? To me, this Bible verse goes along well with another verse I quoted earlier.
“For death is the destiny of every man; the living should take this to heart.” Ecclesiastes 7:2
Realizing that life is short is one of the very first steps to real wisdom. So many people get caught up in things that don’t ever really matter, never realizing that our days are numbered and that those days are few. Realizing that our days are few should give us a drive to make the most of the days we’ve been given. It should motivate us to persevere through difficulty and trials. That to me, is what having a heart of wisdom is all about.
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-17
I love the first expression: “we do not lose heart.” Though this Bible verse about hope doesn’t expressly use the word hope, I love the way it states it: “we do not lose heart.” Sometimes hope isn’t about waiting and expecting something grand to appear. Sometimes hope is just about keeping yourself from losing heart. I’ve often been in this place, when life goes down a path that I hadn’t intended and all my efforts seem to come to nothing. It’s during those times that I think hope is especially important, but not a hope that everything’s going to get better and life’s going to be all shiny and new, but rather, just to not lose heart, knowing that even if everything goes wrong here on this Earth, that our destiny is greater than just the 70 or so years we get to live and work and breathe.
That may not sound all that hopeful, but it really is. This is an amazing Bible verse about hope because it shows us where our foundation of hope needs to rest. If our hope isn’t founded upon salvation and the eternal life waiting at the end of the road, then nothing will be able to give us hope during those times of despair and discouragement, when life seems out of control. We’ll be held hostage to our circumstances and true hope will be an elusive concept.