Psalm 85: 6 Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?
According to the online dictionaries, to revive means to restore, to bring back to life or consciousness, to recover from a state of oblivion or depression. The universal Church goes through periods of revival. So do individual Christians. We all need a boost now and then- an umph to get us back up and moving in the direction God wants us to be moving.
Our Savior came to bring us life, to bring us a consciousness of what it is like to walk closely with God. He lifted the burden of sin that blocked us from fully receiving the Father’s blessings. He restored the broken relationship between God and His children. He still does, minute by minute, day after day, year after year. In times of uncertainty, economic confusion and moral lapses in judgement that dominate the news each night, it is good to remember that we serve a God who is always in a revival mode. In a world that is in a constant state of flux, we have a steadfast and constant God. To a dying world He brings life and hope. To a beaten down soul He brings recovery. In the oblivion He brings clarity and direction. Just by knowing that He does, even before we witness its results, we can have reason to rejoice.
Heavenly Father, today, no matter the circumstances in our lives, teach us to rejoice. In all things, show us how to give thanks. Open our hearts to the blessings You wish to bestow, to the help and support You want to give, to the revival You promise to the faithful. Mend hurt feelings and broken lives. Give direction to the lost in the oblivion of uncertainty. Restore our hope and faith through Your Son. Amen.