A Season of Psalms - Psalm 85:6-7
“Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? Show us your steadfast love, O Lord, and grant us your salvation.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
Earl Scheib was best known for his automobile repainting and collision repair companies. In the 1970s and 1980s, he ran a series of commercials where he promised to paint any car for just $99.95. When you take your car to his company to be repaired or repainted, you left with a vehicle that was like new. But the restoration was only superficial; it was still the same car underneath, but its appearance had been revived. The car’s revival was temporary, at least until the next accident or Earl Scheib’s 4-year guarantee on the paint job expired. Then it was time for re-restoration.
In Psalm 85, God’s people needed restoration and revival , and the psalmist calls on God to turn from his anger to show them his unfailing love. The psalm indicates in verses 1-3 that God restored the fortunes of His people and forgave their sins that initially led to his anger and their subsequent punishment. Now Israel asks to be restored to the Father again, for his indignation against them to subside, that they may be revived into a renewed relationship of love and trust. Hear their plea in verse 6: “Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?” The only way to return to the relationship that Israel had before is for God to forgive. The relationship depends on God’s forgiveness and the putting away of His righteous anger. Only then can peace be established and harmony restored.
Does your heart need revival? Do you need to be refreshed and reminded of the steadfast love of the Lord? Have we become calloused and ho-hum in our fondness for the Father? Our town, city, state, and nation are in desperate need of an outpouring of the Spirit of God. We need another Great Awakening! But we can’t pray for local or national revival without first praying that God would revive us. Every revival starts with just one person who surrenders himself or herself to the Spirit. Yes, one person can make a world of difference. Is that you?
Further Reading: Acts 2:1-47; 2 Kings 23:1-25
Pray with me:
Father God, revive us again. Fill our hearts with Your love. May our souls be rekindled with fire from above. Hallelujah, Thine the glory. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.