September 25, 2012
THE GEORGIA CAPITOL DEVOTIONAL - 25 SEPTEMBER 2012
Do you desire revival within your community and country? Have you thought whether the church should seek revival? The study of Scripture will indicate that the reason for revival is because it is crucial that people know that God rules sovereignly and is active in the affairs of humanity, and the Lord longs to demonstrate His grace. Nothing in life truly matters in life—when one considers eternity—except the glory of God.
The Psalmist focused upon the glory of God, when he asked, “Will You not Yourself revive us again, that your people may rejoice in You?” (Ps 85:6). He was reminiscing when God was favorable to Israel and “restored the captivity of Jacob.” Consequently, he stated (v. 2), “You forgave the iniquity of Your people. You covered all their sin. You withdrew all Your fury; You turned away from Your burning anger.” He recalled the time when God delivered Israel from captivity, forgave the iniquity of the people, and—in sovereign grace—restrained the fierceness of His anger.
In the first section of Psalm 85 (vv. 1-3), the psalmist provided an ideal depiction to demonstrate the distinct contrast with the present and to give assurance for the future. In verses 1-3, the psalmist stated the ideal of forgiveness. The psalmist regarded the events they forecasted as certain of fulfillment. In the subsequent verses, the psalmist forecasted the possibility of a coming great national revival. The psalmist provided the reality of the present, which was depicted in bold contrast when viewed in relation to the prophetic ideal. God’s anger is still evident and appears to be unending. Therefore, the psalmist cried for pardon. Implicit in his words are the divine principles that motivate spiritual revival when God’s people are ready to ask in accordance with God’s will. In effect, the psalmist gave three reasons why God sends revival: (1) revival restrains the righteous anger of God (vv. 1-5); (2) revival restores the knowledge of God (vv. 6-8); and (3) revival reveals the grace of God (vv. 9-13).
If you have trusted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, and only means of receiving God’s grace and hope of eternity, then ask God directly for such revival by drawing “near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb 4:16). As a result of this encounter, God will provide for the needs of His people and lead His people in right paths. For the believer today, the meeting place can only be by God’s grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and it is by the Holy Spirit that our minds are illumined to trust and obey Scripture, and therefore to receive the empowerment of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
A revived state is not a thing you need to intensify in your own life, or need others to help you achieve, or need to go anywhere to have operated upon you; rather, Jesus can effect it anywhere and does effect it everywhere whenever a man or woman, or men and women, ask it in preparedness. “Ask, and you will receive” (John 16:24).
Are you prepared to ask for revival? Are you prepared to look for revival? Are you prepared in repentance, faith, and obedience to meet the divine conditions for revival? If so, pray with the psalmist, “Will You not Yourself revive us again?” Do this for the glory of God to be abundant throughout the earth.
Yours in Christ Jesus,