Psalm 85:6 Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may
rejoice in thee?
preached at Gospel Light Christian Church, Singapore
on 09 January 2000
Introduction: We have enjoyed a year of God's blessings. While we rejoice in them, we
must be careful not to allow them to make us complacent. Nowadays, the word "revival" is often understood
to refer to a season of extraordinary religious activity (eg. the John Sung Revival in the 1930's). However, today
we will take the meaning of the word "revival" in its more general sense, namely, a livening, strengthening
and elevating of existing life. The first three verses of this psalm speak of God's goodness in saving His people
from their captivity. They tell us that God has 'forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their
sin" (v.2) and "taken away all thy wrath: thou hast turned thyself from the fierceness of thine anger"
(v.3). Yet in verse 4, they fall into sin and cause God's anger towards them again (v.5,6). Though God is good
to us, we keep on falling into sin and receiving God's chastisement. The Psalmist (possibly David) recognizes Israel's
sin and God's resultant anger and prays that God would "turn" them and "revive" them (vs.5-7).
Probably most of the Psalmist's contemporaries did not recognize God's anger, nor their need for revival. We live
in the Last Days, which is characterized by the Laodicean Church (REV 3:14-22) which claims "I am rich, and
increased with goods, and have need of nothing," and is rebuked by God: "and knowest not that thou art
wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked. . . I counsel thee. . . to anoint thine eyes with eyeslave,
that thou mayest see" (REV 3:17,18). It is difficult for a Christian who is "rich" in intelligence,
talents, goods or pleasure to realize His spiritual poverty. The abundance of these things "cover-up"
the emptiness that is in his life.
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