This Psalm teaches us a few important things about REVIVAL.
First off, Revival is not just a “thing” of the past.
This Psalm starts off with God’s people speaking in the past tense (v. 1-3).
You were favorable…
And then verses 4-7 , God’s people beg and plead with the Lord to do it all over again.
Restore us again, O God of our salvation.
Will you do it again?
Show us your steadfast love, O Lord,
Grant us your salvation.
I read these verses and I’m reminded of God’s people today. How we yearn for the good ol’ glory days of revival within our nation and around the world ourselves. How we can get discouraged at times and ask if God will bless us again. The statistics are grim, The unchurched and dechurched have grown in numbers while the proclaimed Christians have decreased. http://www.pewforum.org/2015/05/12/americas-changing-religious-landscape/
But does this mean that God won’t do it again? Only God knows. What WE know, is that He hasn’t changed in our lives, no matter the circumstances and no matter the perceived fruit from your witness. God calls us to be faithful while bringing about the fruit Himself. In fact, verses 10-12 are especially encouraging when getting into the “woe is me for nobody loves Jesus anymore” mindset.
10 Steadfast love and faithfulness meet;
righteousness and peace kiss each other.
11 Faithfulness springs up from the ground,
and righteousness looks down from the sky.
12 Yes, the Lord will give what is good,
and our land will yield its increase.
13 Righteousness will go before him
and make his footsteps a way.
There’s a close link between the steadfast love we continue to show and share with the Gospel and faithfulness to what He has asked us to do with the Gospel. The church needs to be just as faithful in such seasons and times when they don’t exactly feel the love or see the fruit right away. God is still going before us. We just have to make sure that we are listening to His voice, and not others in the world or even deceptively within ourselves. If we don’t allow God to speak peace to His people, then we will turn back to foolish ways (v. 8). So don’t be discouraged thinking back to the glory days of America, your childhood or youth group church experience or even last month’s feel good service or mission trip. Be faithful to the Lord for He will revive His people again.
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor