Revival In The Word

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Consider my affliction and deliver me, for I do not forget Your law. Plead my cause and redeem me; revive me according to Your word.

Salvation is far from the wicked, for they do not seek Your statutes. Great are Your tender mercies, O Lord; revive me according to Your judgments.

Many are my persecutors and my enemies, yet I do not turn from Your testimonies. I see the treacherous, and am disgusted, because they do not keep Your word. Consider how I love Your precepts; revive me, O Lord, according to Your lovingkindness.

The entirety of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.

 (Psalm 119:153-160)

Revival In The Word

The word of God is a powerful tool received from the Father to help his children renew attention and interest in spiritual things. It is not in man to know how to walk and the Bible is the means that man can read and understand the way God desires for him to think, to act and to grow in his knowledge. There are many things that come upon the heart of man that can discourage, afflict and bring sorrow but the word of God can bring hope, joy and renewed confidence in the promises of the Lord. The psalmist is confronted with affliction from the wicked and persecution from his enemies. His only hope is in the law of God being redeemed by the knowledge of what the Lord has told him through the statutes and judgments of righteousness. He seeks redemption through the knowledge of the word of God. The knowledge of spiritual matters is the only way to understand the nature of man. When life presents its hard side and times are tough the psalmist found the word of God to be nurturing to the soul and full of great comfort. There is no other book that is able to give solace to the heart burdened with the trials of life. As Author and Creator the Lord knows all the needs of man. He has put His wisdom in the Bible so that man can seek Him through the reading and meditation of divine truth. Revival in the word of God will bring hope.

Salvation is far from the wicked because they have no desire to follow the statutes of the Lord. Much of the misery of man is brought upon himself by refusing to live his life according to the word of God. Man was created in the image of God and designed by God for a purpose. When man turns away from the Lord and the word of the Lord he leaves the only hope he has in knowing truth. Seeking their own righteousness, the wicked falter between despair and misery without the word of salvation. Those who are righteous know the power of the word of God. The psalmist knows the message of the Lord is filled with divine tender mercies, kindness, love and grace. Reading the word of God a man finds how much he is loved by the Father and how gracious the many acts of love God have shown man through the centuries. The Bible is written to bring comfort to the heart of discomforted man. The mercy of God fills the pages of the Bible. Reading the word of God a man learns how merciful the Father is forgiving but demanding that men obey Him. The judgments of the Lord are divine rules. Revival comes from the judgments of God because they are eternal truth.

It is hard to maintain faith in the face of those who oppose righteousness but spending time in the word of God gives courage to the heart and faith to the spirit. The psalmist is surrounded by enemies and those who would persecute him for his faith but he will not turn away from the Lord because the precepts of God teach him to have a resilient heart. There are many faithless souls who do not know the word of God but this will not discourage the heart of the righteous that trust in the promises given through the reading of divine precepts. The testimonies of the Lord are in the heart of the faithful. Reading the word of God is not a fad or a goal to mark on a calendar. The psalmist proclaims he loves the precepts and teachings of God’s word. When men develop a love for the Bible as divine truth there can be little that will keep them from spending many hours mining the incredible depths of His word. The lovingkindness of God bursts upon every page. Revival comes when a man spends time in the word of God.

There is one truth that must always be affirmed when reading the word of God. What is contained in the Bible is truth – all of it. The entirety of the word of God is truth and no part can be left out, added to or ignored. Every one of the righteous judgments of God is true and eternal. The sum of the words of God is truth and all of His rules will endure forever. There is no variation in this statement. Men easily pick and choose which parts of the Bible they accept and believe and this brings about religious division, apostasy and the failure of many souls to see eternal life. The psalmist is very clear on this matter. The sum of His word is truth, and every one of His righteous rules endures forever. Revival is in the word of God.

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