Revive me according to Your lovingkindness, So that I may keep the testimony of Your mouth. – Psalm 119:88 NKJV
Psalm 117 is the shortest chapter in the Bible, it is also the middle chapter of the Bible. Psalm 119 is the longest CHAPTER in the Bible- it is close to being the CENTER OF THE BIBLE. It is like an intermission in a long play. Right in the middle of THE BOOK, Psalm 19 is calling us to REVIVAL! King David wrote many of the Psalms. The author of Psalm 119 is unknown, but most scholars agree that it was written by David, Ezra, or Daniel. The Bible tells us that David was a man after God’s own heart. Acts 13:22 says, “After removing Saul, he made David their king. He testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do. ‘” In some translations The Word QUICKEN is used instead of REVIVE. The word “quicken” means “to make alive, to REVIVE, to restore, to nourish, to give life, to repair, to make whole. REVIVE is used eleven times in Psalm 119- It can be called the REVIVAL CHAPTER!
Leader, REVIVAL is Spiritual renewal. The word derives from the Latin revivere, “to live again,” and was typically used to describe an old play that was brought back to a new generation of theater audiences. The concept is closest to the Old Testament idea of renewal or restoration, found especially in the work of leaders such as Hezekiah and Josiah. The story of King Josiah is probably the best illustration of revival in the Old Testament (2 Chronicles 34). Judah had fallen away from God, almost exclusively serving the idols of surrounding peoples. When the Pentateuch is suddenly rediscovered, Josiah immediately calls the people back to this covenant, and institutes sweeping reforms throughout every institution in Israel. Judah had a past relationship with God it could return to, with the spiritual and political mechanisms in place to quickly restore this relationship to a central place in Israelite life. They rebuilt what had decayed. Today in America, in our church and in our HEARTS and MINDS- we NEED REVIVAL!
Conduit, the TIME IS NOW, come back to GOD. Walk away from the WAYS of the world; The Privilege movement, keeping our pound of flesh and our record of wrong- delegating God to a place of burden and hassle. REVIVAL always starts in our HEARTS, and it is up to you! Cardinal Cushing put it this way: “If all the sleeping folk will wake up—and all the lukewarm folk will fire up—and all the dishonest folk will confess up—and all the disgruntled folk will sweeten up—and the discouraged folk will look up—and all the estranged folk will make up—and all the gossipers will shut up—and all the dry bones will shake up—and all the true soldiers will stand up—and all the church members will pray up—then you will have a revival.” Revival is nothing else than a new beginning of obedience to God, driven by a PASSION for GOD. Revival is a RENEWAL of HOPE and a DEDICATION to focus on the only thing that really matters- GOD and HIS coming Kingdom! REVIVE US, O LORD!