I have realised recently how I am in need of revival in my life to live the fullness of God's calling in my life. There is such a sense that revival is coming to England again. Such sense comes from the same expectation of new birth in a family. It is coming, although we are not sure the day and the hour.
I wonder how we are going to experience revival in the 21st Century. Thus, I decided to go to the Bible, and I was surprised to discover that Psalm 119 has much to say about "revive".
"My soul cleaves to the dust; Revive me according to Your word" (Psalm 119:25).
"Turn away my eyes from looking at vanity, And revive me in Your ways" (Psalm 119:37).
"Behold, I long for Your precepts; Revive me through Your righteousness" (Psalm 119:40).
"This is my comfort in my affliction, That Your word has revived me" (Psalm 119:50).
"Revive me according to Your lovingkindness, So that I may keep the testimony of Your mouth" (Psalm 119:88).
"I will never forget Your precepts, For by them You have revived me" (Psalm 119:93).
"I am exceedingly afflicted; Revive me, O LORD, according to Your word" (Psalm 119:107).
"Hear my voice according to Your lovingkindness; Revive me, O LORD, according to Your ordinances" (Psalm 119:149).
"Plead my cause and redeem me; Revive me according to Your word" (Psalm 119:154).
"Great are Your mercies, O LORD; Revive me according to Your ordinances" (Psalm 119:156).
"Consider how I love Your precepts; Revive me, O LORD, according to Your lovingkindness" (Psalm 119:159).
As I have meditated in those passages, I have considered how often I spend time in God's Word (1 Peter 2:2). C H Spurgeon said, "If we want revival, we must revive our reverence for the Word of God."
If God seems distant and you feel dry in your spiritual life and are in need of the times of refreshing which come from the presence of the Lord, for ultimately His Presence is the essence of revival, then purpose in your heart (Daniel 1:8) to meditate and memorize the above verses from Psalm 119. Let us seek the Lord and ask God that from our "innermost being will flow rivers of living water" (John 7:38). I am speaking of a renewal of that amazing experience when we first fell in love with Jesus when His Spirit birthed us into the Kingdom of God (cf Rev 2:4-5).
“Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord" (Acts 3:19)
"Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will show you great and mighty things, which you do not know" (Jeremiah 33:3).
And then “wait for the LORD and you will gain (literally exchange your weakness for His strength – 2 Cor 12:9) new strength and will mount up with wings like eagles, will run and not get tired, and will walk and not become weary,” (Isaiah 40:31) “for thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, “I dwell on a high and holy place, And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit In order to revive the spirit of the lowly And to revive the heart of the contrite"." (Isaiah 57:15).
God's will for our life is fullness in Christ, for when we are spiritually revived, the aroma of Christ is evident (2 Corinthians 2:14-16) and the Light of Jesus (John 8:12) is clear and bright and the Father is glorified as Jesus called for in Matthew 5:16 "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father Who is in heaven."
And so we see that the "secret" to personal revival is simply to "re-Bible!" Let me suggest that instead of reading a larger portion of Scripture (as in most reading plans where too often it is in one ear and out the other), you take smaller "bites" of Scripture, giving yourself a chance to chew on the passages as you would a bite of select prime rib. And then you will be more likely to ponder that passage as you go throughout your day.
May God "revive His work in the midst of the years" (Habacuque 3:2) and may our prayer frequently be "Revive me according to Your Word." (Psalm 119:25) In Jesus' Name. Amen