DAY 4 JOY – THE ESSENCE OF PERSONAL REVIVAL
Prayerfully read Psalm 63:1-8
What is David’s secret for living in personal revival? Let us study three responsive acts in this Psalm that gave David his spiritual joy and overflow.
Verse 6: “Think of the Lord.” At all times, may I consciously turn my attention toward the Lord. Psalm 46:10 commands us to “be still and know that I am God.” Quiet your hearts and your minds in His Presence many times throughout the day.
Verse 7: “Sing to the Lord.” God is my Help and my Salvation, may my life song sing to Him. Joyfully in the rain and in the sunshine, I will choose to sing words of gratitude for His unending love, for His gift of Salvation through Jesus Christ, for His personal concern for my life.
Verse 8: “Cling to the Lord.” I acknowledge my utter dependency upon Him. As Jesus says in John 15:5b, “apart from Me, you can do nothing.” Yes, He alone is my Stability, my Refuge and my Strength. God is my ever constant Companion in times of trouble and in seasons of peace.
Pray that we, as children of God, would quiet our hearts and live in the Truth that it is “in Him that we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). As we allow ourselves to soak in His love, we can then in turn pour His love into the lives of others. Loving well is the goal of our Christian walk – loving Him, loving ourselves, and loving others well. Revival of the heart begins in the secret place of personal adoration and worship.
P R A Y E R F O C U S
• Lord, restore to me the joy of my salvation.
• Pray that His Spirit may fill your life so that your family and friends may be thirsty for Him.
• Pray that you may live in the joy of His presence.
Would you like to enlarge your understanding of the Lord today? Do you need a fresh revelation of how great our God really is? Then together let’s read all of Isaiah 40. This chapter has changed my life!! Isaiah sees Him as all-powerful and sovereign. Isaiah is also captured by the beautiful picture that He is tender and gentle as a good Shepherd. Our God is sovereign over the affairs of men and nations (good to remember this when watching the daily news). He is the creator, designer, and architect of the whole universe! But the Lord appears somewhat perplexed by the complaint of His own cherished people in verse 27. “He doesn’t see me nor does He seem to care,” they complain. To these charges against Him, the Lord emphatically reminds them that He is “more than enough” to give strength to the weary, to increase the power of the weak, and to so empower those who “wait” on Him. His people will soar into their destiny as an eagle. Lord, today let me live in the revelation of how great You are, and teach me to wait upon You, so that I may be refreshed, replenished, and revived. Lord, pour out Your Spirit on me, my family, our church family, and this nation. I worship You, great God!
Jeremiah is called the “weeping prophet”. He writes the book of Lamentations as one who pours out his heart like water in the Presence of the Lord. His tears flow like a river because of the destruction of his beloved Jerusalem. Because of sin and disobedience the judgment of God comes upon His people. Yet in the midst of all this darkness, Jeremiah makes a declaration of truth that shines like the brightness of a beautiful day: 22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” 25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;26 it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. Thank you Lord that no matter how dark things look, you break through into our lives with Your love, compassion and faithfulness! We celebrate that You are a God who is “more than enough” to meet all my needs! Lord, today I ask you to comfort all those who are walking through a “dark night”.