Because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before God when you heard His words against this place and against its inhabitants, and because you humbled yourself before Me, tore your clothes and wept before Me, I truly have heard you,” declares the Lord.
Truly Father God loves a penitent spirit. He knows us through and through. He knows our motives. He sees our heart. He knows our evil nature and tendency toward sin. He looks deep within us to discern our thoughts. No One knows us as He does. The One who created us understands us at a level even beyond what we understand of ourselves.
With this knowledge, He longs for penitence when His Word is spoken and the Sin of our life is revealed. He despises the arrogant, prideful spirit, yet, bends to the humble, repentant one. He is gracious and willing to forgive and protect the lowly, confessing spirit. He knows that we are dust and desires that we confess the same and seek His forgiving face. He takes down the uppity and lifts up the lowly.
Keep us humble and penitent in the presence of Your Word, Father God. ‘Create in us a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within us.’