“Revive Us Again”
“Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?”
When the religious world talks about revival they mean an emotional series of meetings that will win souls and get backslidden church members to rededicate their lives to an impotent Jesus.
But the psalmist prays and asks the Lord; “Wilt thou not revive us again?”
I believe we desperately need for God to revive us…to stir up our hearts…to awaken us out of our stupor. To keep us from just going through the motions when we meet together…to please not let us be mechanical in our services.
O God revive us…save us from our presumptions of “we must be alright, after all we have the right doctrine, we have a preacher and a good building to meet in, we know we are sinners and Christ is the only Saviour…so we are all fine.”
Will you please cause our hearts to burn within us for Love for our Lord Jesus?
Will you please teach us to pray from our hearts?
Will you please give us a burden for the word of the Lord?
Would please wean us from the world…from self-seeking…from materialism…wanting to be recognized…and from our vain glory?
O Lord revive us – give us the Spirit that quickens us when we meet…that will keep our minds from wandering…and worrying about things that in the end don’t matter.
Will you revive us so that our relationship with you and the Son of your love will mean more to us than anything else in this world?
Then we will truly “rejoice in thee”.
By Donald Bell