Psalm 80:14, 15
The Story: It won’t due merely for the people of Israel to turn their hearts to the Lord. God has to turn to them; indeed, unless He does, and only after He does, will they know true revival and renewal. The word translated “have regard” is the same used in Ruth 1:6 and the book of Numbers to indicate God’s personal care (“visited”, “numbered”) for each individual among His people. It’s not just that the nation needs revival; all the people do as well. Israel is the vine of the Lord; the people are His sons and daughters. But now they are weakened by neglect of the Law and compromise with the surrounding world. Asaph would have the Lord make them strong in Him once again. When the people of God need revival, it will always begin in the grace of the Lord. He must first turn to us before we will ever turn again to Him.
The Structure: Let us note the steps involved in seeking revival from the Lord: First, we must be willing to face up to our degraded condition. Then, weeping and repentance are required, to express the deep sorrow in our hearts at having forsaken the Lord. Next, by remembering the great work of the Lord in the past, we begin to construct a renewed vision of what we want to see for our churches. Then, we plead with God for mercy and grace to bring our renewal to full fruition. Finally, we stay the course of seeking the Lord until He sends the renewal and restoration we seek.Do you see any evidence of seeking revival in your church? Should you?
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