Those who look to the heavenly Father, seeking Him for guidance and strength to walk in His ways, will be searching His Word for ways to please Him! When we have a desire to please God, then many problems become smaller, and almost insignificant.
Yahuwah [the LORD] has told us, in one particular Bible verse, the three specific characteristics of ‘the one’ who gains His attention, and thus is pleasing Him:
… to this man will I look (saith the LORD [Yahuwah]), even to him that is poor (of a humble, lowly spirit) and of a contrite spirit (a sorrowful spirit), and trembleth at my word. (Isaiah 66:2b)
There it is — the three criteria that Yahuwah is looking for!
- Being of a humble spirit
- Being of a contrite [sorrowful] spirit
- Trembling at His Word
Each one of these characteristics are generally standard traits that begin to grow in the children of Yahuwah, once we are Born-Again. These are qualities that Yahuwah looks for in His children — children who are walking by faith, looking to Him for guidance, mercy, and strength. These are the qualities that please Him, and that obtain His attention!
If we are lacking in these qualities, we can cultivate them, by Father’s great grace! These three qualities are not difficult to acquire because Yahuwah hears and answers the prayers of His humble children! (Psalms 66:19; 138:3) If we desire humility we can ask for it! This first quality ought to naturally lead the way to the other qualities.
Being of A Humble Spirit
Being of a humble spirit ought to be an on-going characteristic of the children of Yahuwah. Yet keeping a humble heart is often a battle! We are very inclined to let our prideful, hard-hearted nature rear-up its ugly head. But it is important that we seek to have a humble spirit in order to strip away our selfishness and pride!
Humility crushes that hard, selfish nature, and helps us to be patient and of a ‘right spirit’ before Abba Father. Humility recognizes our own faults and weaknesses, thus making us more tender-hearted toward others.
For me, I find it very helpful to ask Father daily to help me be of a humble spirit! I ask Him to give me a united heart [singleness of heart] to fear His name, and to make me be of a soft and tender heart. It is also very helpful to set aside times for fasting unto Yahuwah, as we see in the little phrase, tucked within Psalms 35:13 — I humbled my soul with fasting.
I have discussed the importance of a ‘humble spirit’ in other posts, especially in Turning From Darkness To Light. More insight on having a humble spirit can be found here as well: Entering the Kingdom: Step 2 and How Can I Satisfy My Thirsty Soul?
Being of A Contrite (Sorrowful) Spirit
Having a ‘contrite spirit’, or sorrowful spirit, is a description of a truly repentant, remorseful heart. Having a repentant heart, as many of us know, is a requirement to knowing Yahuwah’s salvation through His Son, Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ]. The soft, repentant, sorrowful heart is necessary in order to be Born-Again.
As well as having an on-going humble spirit, children of Yahuwah need to maintain an on-going contrite spirit! A contrite spirit is evident in one who is sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s nudges and is quick to repent of sins, daily. Having a contrite spirit helps us to be sensitive to ‘search and try our ways’ regularly in order to remain close to Father (Lamentations 3:40).
A contrite spirit is a treasured quality that should be nurtured and cherished. Let us be careful to not violate that tender place within us. It is an on-going contrite spirit that will help us to be quick to forgive, and not hold a grudge or become bitter. Being of a contrite spirit is a natural outcome of a humble, tender-hearted spirit.
Being One Who Trembles at The Word of Yahuwah
This characteristic of ‘trembling at Yah’s Word’ is a third criteria needed for pleasing our Abba Father. Trembling at His Word means we will be very attentive to studying and learning His Word. It means we will have a holy reverence and awe for Yahuwah’s Word. And, we will receive God’s Word as it is — not as the words of men, but as the Word of the Living, Eternal God!
Trembling at His Word means we will be diligent to learn to discern between what Yahuwah has said in the Scriptures, and what are men’s twisted teachings of the Scriptures. Trembling at His Word means that we love the Truth of the Scriptures. This can be seen when we earnestly desire to study the Scriptures ourselves, to see for ourselves what the Scriptures are actually saying — and then make changes in our lifestyle and practices, to bring ourselves into obedience to what it says.
By trembling at Yah’s Word, we will be exercising our perceptions and thoughts over the Word of Yahuwah, seeking to preserve our obedience to His Words. Thus we will be learning to discern between the good Word of the Scriptures, and the corrupt words and practices of pagan teachings that twist the Word of Yahuwah.
Again, trembling at the Word of Yahuwah is another on-going quality for the children of Yahuwah. When we maintain this characteristic, then we will be more inclined to grow and mature in Messiah in many ways. Seeking to cultivate this precious quality will help us to maintain our reverent ‘Fear of Yahuwah,’ making the necessary adjustments in our lives to come more and more ‘in line’ with His Word.
Walking with Abba Father is not a motionless condition. We ought to be growing and making adjustments in our lives periodically, as the Holy Spirit is guiding us into all truth. If we are not allowing Father’s Word to work changes into our behaviour then we ought to have a concern for this. A static condition is evidence of someone who is not trembling at Yah’s Word, but who is instead, turning away from His Word. May it be that we will seek to be of a soft and teachable heart, earnestly desiring to walk in the truth of the Word of God.
Desiring To Please Father
If we desire in any way to please Yahuwah, then let us look to Him with faith, in sincerity and honesty of motive. Here is one thing Derek Prince said about pleasing the Father:
“I am training myself to approach every situation and decision with a single, simple question: How can I please my Father? In times of frustration or apparent failure, I seek to turn my focus from trying to solve the problem to maintaining an attitude that is pleasing to my Father. As servants of Christ, there will be no competition among us if we are motivated by the simple desire to please our Father. Harmony and mutual concern take the place of striving and self-seeking.” — Derek Prince
Let us look to Yahuwah in prayer, bowing before Him, seeking His lovingkindness and mercy, seeking His enabling grace to help us build and maintain these three highly-treasured qualities into our lives:
- Being of a humble spirit
- Being of a sorrowful spirit
- Trembling at His Word
It is these qualities that Father is searching for! He is looking throughout the whole earth to strongly support such a precious soul! (2Chronicles 16:9a)
May it be, by Yahuwah’s great grace, that you and I will be ‘the one’ Yahuwah notices and looks at!
- Preparing Your Heart– learning steps for serving God in purity and obedience
- Bringing Forth Fruit With Patience – a look at four clues for acquiring this highly desirable ‘Fruit of the Spirit’
- Our Greatest Hindrance: The Doctrines and Commandments of Men – doctrines of Men and Dogma; Commandments of Men, that turn men away from the truth; modern-day examples; Yahushua and the Disciples as our examples of Truth
- Let No Man Steal Your Crown– reveals there are men today trying to take away, and steal your Bridal veil, and your crown; things that allow your crown to be stolen; the Doctrine of Balaam, and how it will steal your crown
- Teaching Video (1½ hr) – Water the Dry Ground of Your Heart With the Rain of the Spirit!
- Queen Esther’s Example: Putting On Our Royal Apparel