Where God Dwells

Scripture gives us all the answers to life’s questions. It also reveals to us where God dwells. The Book of Isaiah records there are two, and only two, places God dwells.

God Himself tells us in Isaiah 57:15 “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place.” The vast majority of people believe God sits in the heavens, for since the time of the prophet Isaiah over 2,500 years ago who wrote, “Have ye not known? Have ye not heard? Hath it not been told you from the beginning? Have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is He that sitteth upon the circle of the earth,” (40:22). It is clearly understood God is above us, beyond us, over us.

While being seen by Isaiah as “high and lifted up” the year King Uzziah died (6:1), God also says in verse 15 of chapter 57 in Isaiah’s Book that He dwells “with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit.” Albert Barnes in his commentary defines “contrite” in the Hebrew text as “that which is broken, crushed, beaten small, trodden down. Here it denotes a soul that is borne down with a sense of sin and unworthiness; a heart that is, as it were, crushed under a superincumbent weight of guilt.” David wrote in Psalm 34:18, “The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.”

Not only does God dwell in the “high and holy place,” but He also dwells in the hearts of all who come to Him with “a  contrite and humble spirit” seeking His forgiveness, repenting of their sinful ways and trusting in His sacrifice of Christ on the cross as payment for their sin.

“Nothing in my hands I bring,

Simply to the cross I cling.”


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