Psalm 119 is one of my most favorite psalms and has always impressed me. Our thinking today is that if anyone had a grip on spiritual living, it would be King David. And what do we find? David consistently cried out to God to be revived. We find that those who are aware of their spiritual neediness are the ones who get revived. I want to glean a few thoughts on revival from this psalm, and especially on the way David communicated with God. God has much more for us than salvation or the born-again experience. When we were born again, it was just a beginning of a life-long relationship with Him. Don’t shut God out. He has so many things to teach us. He desires to help us live out a Spirit-filled life. God wants to communicate with us on a regular basis. It is by conversing with Him that we get to know God.
God has a lot to say to us. Psalm 119 shows us the importance of His Word. The Holy Spirit works through the Word. Our spiritual life is related to the Word of God. We long to see “mighty moves” of God such as in bygone years, but today it seems we are playing church instead of seeking a genuine revival. It’s God’s Word that shapes our lives. It’s God’s Word which gives us the pathway towards restoration of what we have lost through struggles and temptations. The flesh-controlled life is very rebellious. God’s path to revival is clear and it is pure. Revival comes when we let the Word of God shape our thoughts, decisions, motives, and character. The more we let the Word of God influence our hearts and minds, the more revived we become. Let’s look how King David uses the words, “Quicken me.”
“Quicken” is used eleven times in Psalm 119. The word “quicken” means “to make alive, to revive, to restore, to nourish, to give life, to repair, to make whole.” This is a cry for revival, and it is done through the Word from God. David writes, “Quicken me according to Thy word; quicken me in Thy ways; quicken me in Thy righteousness according to thy loving kindness, according to Thy precepts, according to thy judgments.” Revival is a sovereign work of God.
Psalm 119:25… “My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word” (KJV). Revive me according to God’s Word, not somebody else’s word, and not someone else’s formula. It’s God’s Word that is the dynamic in revival. It’s the Word of God that shapes us, cleanses us, and revives us. It’s God’s Word that brings peace to our hearts. There is a lot of confusion today. It’s God’s Word that gives us clear instructions as to what is right or wrong. It’s God’s Word that gives us purpose in life. God knows where we fit in. It’s God’s Word that helps us grasp holiness. It’s God’s Word that helps us to forgive all and save all that come to Him. Let God’s Word touch your life.
Psalm 119:37… “Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way” (KJV). Revive me according to Thy ways. The word “way” means “course of life; God’s actions.” God does this through communication. King David saw a lot of the vanities of religion. The word “vanity” refers to being desolate, destructive, and useless. It refers to idolatry, to deceptive and false religions. It refers to the lying vanities of the devil. Psalm 25:4 reads, “Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.”
Psalm 119:40… “Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness” (KJV). The word “righteousness” means “rightness, moral virtue, prosperity.” God is righteous in His dealings. The word “precept” refers to the prescriptive word according to your need at the time. After all, we often ask God for a word. Those words are prescriptions–follow the directions. Psalm 119:50 says, “This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.”
Psalm 119:88… “Quicken me after thy lovingkindness; so shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth” (KJV). The word “loving-kindness” means “favor, good deeds, mercy, love.” There is no rudeness in God. God does not shame you.
Psalm 119:149… “Hear my voice according unto thy lovingkindness: O LORD, quicken me according to thy judgment” (KJV). The word “judgment” means “divine law, God’s ordinance, discretion, verdict, justice.” God revives according to His discretion and His mercy (Psalm 119:156).
Paul writes in Romans 8:11 that Christ quickens people with resurrection power. The same power that raised Christ from the dead is the same power that revives you (Ephesians 1:19-20). 1 Corinthians 15:45 teaches that Christ is a quickening spirit; i.e., a reviving being. Revival is God’s Holy Spirit dealing with you on a personal level, and He makes you a different person, alive, clean, and full of joy. Revival is God visiting you, restoring you, and filling you with life more abundant (John 10:10). Isaiah 57:15 says, “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones” (KJV).
Pastor George Belobaba
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