May 18, 2023, Revive Us Again
"Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?" (Psalm 85:6, ESV)
Revive us! These are the words prayed to God after God began to show favor to Israel once again. Revive us! Living life without God is hard. It is hard for those who have known His favor and goodness and drifted away from Him. When the journey back has begun, and we sense the presence of God pursuing us, the heart's cry is, "Revive us!"
The word revive comes from a Hebrew word which means 'to live or to have life.' In the verb form, it means to give life or restore life. God does and has done this from the beginning; He revives us. His presence in our lives causes us to live life at a fuller level with more vitality. We are revived! We felt spent, empty, dry, and dead. And God revived us! He restored life to us. Praise God for making us alive!
We must also note that the Psalmist said, "Revive us again." We all need revival. It is common for a man to drift away from God, lose heart, sin, get discouraged, etc. All those things cause us to need a time of refreshing/revival. We need more of the life of God in us. The scriptures clearly show that we regularly need reviving.
How are you spiritually today? Maybe you need to pray, "Lord, revive me again, that I may rejoice in you."
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