Revival through the Word
by Henry M. Morris III, D.Min.
"My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word." (Psalm 119:25)
Sometimes the battle takes its toll, we feel like the enemy is winning, and our soul "melteth for heaviness" (v. 28). Many psalms share these intense emotions and seek God's face for relief and revival. These eight verses in Psalm 119 provide a concise remedy that every Christian needs sometimes.
• Open confession and supplication: "I have declared my ways, and thou heardest me" (v. 26).
• Clear request for understanding: "Teach me thy statutes. Make me to understand the way of thy precepts" (vv. 26-27).
• Reaffirmation for personal witness: "So shall I talk of thy wondrous works" (v. 27).
• Bold request for spiritual strength: "Strengthen thou me according unto thy word" (v. 28).
• Request to gain victory over habitual sin: "Remove from me the way of lying: and grant me thy law graciously" (v. 29).
• Conscious declaration of personal commitment: "I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments I have laid before me" (v. 30).
• Remembering past righteous behavior: "I have stuck unto thy testimonies" (v. 31).
• Plea for God's favor and mercy: "O LORD, put me not to shame" (v. 31).
• Expectant promise for future lifestyle of holiness: "I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart" (v. 32).
Personal revival is as sure as the Word of God. But revival assumes our own deep desire to live in accordance with God's Word. God will "enlarge" (fill, expand) our heart when we seek His face (Psalm 81:10). HMM III