“Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? Show us your steadfast love, O Lord, and grant us your salvation.” Psalm 85:6, 7
In the 6th and 7th verses of Psalm 85, the Psalmist asked God to revive His people. To bring them back to a time of rejoicing from what was surely a spiritually dry period.
We all have these times. God is capable of reviving both families and individuals. He can, and will, pour out His love on us. This, in turn, should renew our love for Him. If you need revival in your family or personal spiritual life, ask God to give you a fresh touch of His love.
The old hymn by William P McKay, Revive Us Again, contains these words, “We praise thee, O God, for the son of Thy love, for Jesus who died and is now gone above. We praise thee, O God, for the Spirit of light, who has shown us our Savior and scattered our night. Revive us again, fill each heart with thy love; May each soul be rekindled with fire from above.” And then the resounding chorus, “Hallelujah, thine the glory! Hallelujah, Amen! Hallelujah, thine the glory! Revive us again.”
It is not enough to just ask God to revive us and show us His love. We need to do our part. The Psalmist didn't have the entire Bible to help him. He was busy writing his part of the Bible. But we have chapter after chapter, and book after book of scriptures that tell us of God's love for us and point us to His Son, our Savior.
After we have asked God to revive us, then it is incumbent on us to immerse ourselves in His word. We need to ask ourselves if there is unconfessed sin in our lives. As the first line in our hymn says, we need to praise Him. We should praise Him for His love, for His Son, and for His word. Part of the work of revival is up to us.
Prayer for Today
Heavenly Father, we praise You for Your grace and goodness. We thank You for sending Your Son as a Savior. Lord, we ask for revival. We ask that You fill our hearts with Your love and “scatter our night.” Hallelujah, thine the glory. Hallelujah, Amen.