Psalms 85: 6 Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?
What a prayer request by the psalmist! It’s needed now as much as it was this time last week. Consider what you gained in revival last week and what you didn’t gain that you should have. The Lord is not through with us or we’d not still be here. We still have a service to render to the Lord and a battle to fight. Sometimes we look at a week of revival as it’s over until the next revival. That’s as far from the truth as can be. Revival is a daily experience. We need to seek the Lord every day for revival in our lives. There are always things to work on, ways to grow in the Lord. Never make the statement that you’ve got your spiritual life in control and don’t need anything. When the Lord blesses and gives us a spiritual increase as he did this past week, the devil will be there with his barrels loaded to let us have it.
In the middle of this chapter the psalmist prays. He thanked God for blessings but then said give me more. REVIVE US AGAIN. Even though the week of revival meetings is over, the seeking must continue. If we don’t keep moving forward, we will move backward. Don’t count on tomorrow as the opportunity to do something about it. You have the chance today to be revived. Now is the time to do it, to continue in revival for our individual lives and as a church. We had a good week, but we can’t say that’s all there is to it. We need to keep praying and seeking the Lord. We need to keep saying REVIVE US AGAIN. Revive ME again.
Each verse in this chapter prompts us to consider some questions. Beginning in verse 1— Lord, thou hast been favorable unto thy land: thou hast brought back the captivity of Jacob. God showed us great favor this week. Did you take advantage of it? Did you let God down in any way? If bonds were broken in your life, keep them broken. If you don’t, the devil will try to bind you again. If you want the favor of God, you must please him. REVIVE US AGAIN. What have you done with his favor?
Verse 2—Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin. What have you done with the forgiveness and cleansing he offered? If you received mercy and covering for sins, stay clean. Iniquity separates us from God. The only way to stay clean is to keep calling on his name. REVIVE US AGAIN. Did you hold back anything? We have to give God 100% of our sins. He does not negotiate. One sin can destroy you, and you cannot please God with sin in your life.
Verses 3-5—Thou hast taken away all thy wrath: thou hast turned thyself from the fierceness of thine anger. Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause thine anger toward us to cease. Wilt thou be angry with us forever? Wilt thou draw out thine anger to all generations? If we don’t follow the will of God and the Word of God, we cannot expect him to be happy with us. If you sought the Lord, he smiled upon you. When we seek him and stay on praying terms, he is pleased. If we don’t seek him, life will get out of order. The psalmist asked to be turned. If you have been turned, don’t turn back. If you’re in the process of turning, go ahead and do it. God turned his face toward us this week. I’d much rather be facing the Lord than to have his back to me. We really need to pray. REVIVE US AGAIN.
There is restlessness in people today. I can remember a time when Christians had joy even in the midst of trouble. It seems the joy of the Lord, the joy of church, the joy of each other is gone for many. When the Word speaks for us to go one way and we go another instead, it means we’re not pleasing him. It means we’re not happy with the Lord. We’ll always find room to complain, but no one else can steal our joy, not even the devil himself. You and I can enjoy salvation, church, and Christian fellowship no matter what IF we get back to enjoying the Lord in our life. REVIVE US AGAIN. Why? Cause the preacher said so? No. I can’t force anyone but myself to be humble before the Lord. That’s why I have to pray and why you have to pray REVIVE ME AGAIN.
If you ask for deliverance, the Lord will give it. We all need it. Verse 8— I will hear what God the Lord will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly. The rest of the chapter goes back to this. Will thou not revive us again? Do you feel the need? Do you have the courage to do it? We must be willing to hear God. He’s not mute. We can’t have a one-way relationship with him. We can’t do all the talking. He’s speaking to us, to you. You may not like what he’s saying, but you have to hear it and go by it. He’ll tell us what we need. The only alternative is to turn again to folly. The prayer request is to REVIVE US AGAIN. We need to listen to God. We need to do what he says.
Is everything fixed up between you and God? Are you satisfied? We need to be totally cleaned up. We need it every day. Let the prayer of each of us be: “Lord, I need you again today. REVIVE ME AGAIN.” He’ll do it again if you’ll come to him again!