Today, as part of a deeper digging into the revelations present in the Word of God, I want to share a devotional word study with you that I have been doing. All of the blogs on TheWayoftheWorshipper.com are taken directly from my own personal time with the Lord and as a writer and editor, I take great interest in the nuances of language and the written word, so I often stop to examine even just one word in a Scripture to more completely understand its intention and purpose. One of my favorite chapters in the Bible is Psalm 119. I love the journey of faith this chapter traces, the range of emotions and experiences it expresses. As I have read it over the years, two words have always stood out to me: Revive me.
Although the word “revive” (“quicken” in the King James) is used frequently, it is used specifically in reference to “quicken” or “revive” someone who is dying only a few times, mostly in Psalm 119. In that context, this word means: to bring back to life, restore and then cause to grow once again; to have a life that is sustained by someone else; to bring back from sickness, discouragement, faintness or death. Wow! What a powerful description of the exact reasons why we need a Savior and Lord – for salvation and sanctification, day in and day out, moment by moment, through valleys and from fire to flood. We lose heart. We sink beneath the waves. We are confronted with our own sinful tendencies and bad choices, our pasts. “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9)
True revival is a condition of the heart whereby your life is no longer sustained on your own efforts and power, but by the right hand of the Lord; where He brings you back to life- not as you once knew it, but as He has designed it to be
Here is what I want to share with you: If you need “revival” in your life, that means something inside you has died or is dying. Maybe it’s hope. Maybe your faith for what you’ve been believing for is dying. Maybe a dream has died, or a relationship, or an expectation. Maybe your willpower is dying. Maybe your vision is dying. Maybe your joy has died. Maybe the love you once felt for your spouse is dying. Maybe your desire to worship has died, or your excitement for the things of God. You need revival! Revival is more than just wishing for a better state of existence. True revival is a condition of the heart whereby your life is no longer sustained on your own efforts and power, but by the right hand of the Lord; where He brings you back to life- not as you once knew it, but as He has designed it to be. You are not alone and you don’t have to give up and die if you don’t want to! Here are 11 times the Psalmist cried out for revival in Psalm 119:
- Psalm 119:25, “My soul clings to the dust; revive me according to Your word.”
- Psalm 119:37, “Turn away my eyes from beholding worthlessness, and revive me in Your way.
- Psalm 119:40, “Behold, I have a longing for Your precepts; revive me in Your righteousness.”
- Psalm 119:50, “This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word revives me.”
- Psalm 119:88, “Revive me according to Your lovingkindness, that I may keep the testimony from Your mouth.”
- Psalm 119:93, “I will never forget Your precepts, for with them You have revived me.”
- Psalm 119:107, “I am greatly afflicted; revive me, O Lord, according to Your word.”
- Psalm 119:149, “Hear my voice according to Your lovingkindness, O Lord; revive me according to Your judgment.”
- Psalm 119:154, “Plead my cause, and defend me; revive me according to Your word.”
- Psalm 119:156, “Great are Your compassions, O Lord; revive me according to Your judgments.”
- Psalm 119:159, “Consider how I love Your precepts; revive me, O Lord, according to Your lovingkindness.”
What did the Psalmist cry out in his plea for the Lord to revive him? Below I have included links to each Scripture so that you can read the Word of God for yourself, as you follow the path He has made for your revival:
1) “Your word”, (Psalm 119:105) 2) “Your way“ (Psalm 18:30), 3) “Your righteousness” (Matthew 6:33), 4) “Your lovingkindness” (Psalm 63:3), 5) “Your precepts” (Psalm 119:15), 6) “Your judgments” (Psalm 19:9).
These are the things that will stir your spirit once again, and soothe your soul and renew your mind. Living life as the walking dead is not what the Lord has destined and purposed for you, but if that’s where you are- He will revive you. There is a plan in place to keep you alive, renew you and grow you up, but no one is going to drag you; you will have to take the steps forward and push past the things that have died and keep your eyes on the Living God – are you ready to wake up to life?