Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?”
This is a cry to God to “revive” us. The purpose is for rejoicing in God. The Hebrew word for revive is “chayah”. It literally means ‘to live’. The need for revival is because of death. When we call upon God for revival we are asking Him to make the dead things live again.
To be revived is to have life. In John 14:6 Jesus said “I am … the LIFE”. To be revived is to have Christ and nothing less. But the problem we face in our desire for Christ is that He will not live among dead things.
Your body was alive when you gave it to Christ. But if you use your body for evil you have a dead thing. Your mind was alive when every thought was captive to Christ. But if you allow your mind to be filled with evil thoughts you now have a dead thing. Your witness for Christ was alive when you freely shared what God has done for you, but when complacency came your very witness became a dead thing. You once bore great fruit for God, fruit from His Holy Spirit, fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control. But you allowed sin to reign, quenching the Holy Spirit, and the living fruit became now a dead thing.
Will you dare to ask God for revival? You are asking nothing less than for death to be put to death in you! Will you join King David and ask God to “see if there be any wicked way in me”?
The process of letting God put to death the dead things is painful. But the result is ‘life and life to the full!’ Revive me Lord, that I may truly live and rejoice in you!