Revival – Part 3

As a dad, it’s one thing for me to live my faith out for my girls to see, but it’s another thing altogether for me to live it out in such a way that they understand its essence. David said to God, “make me understand.” As a man after God’s heart (even at this point), David saw the precept, he just doesn’t GET the precept. David needed God’s help. This is true for us, but only in a state of humility and repentance will we be ready to admit it. 

*Psst…this is the final post in our Revival series. If you haven’t read part 1 or part 2, go read them and come back. We’ll wait for you.

“Make me understand the way of Your precepts, So I will meditate on Your wonders.” – Psalms‬ ‭119:27‬ ‭NASB‬‬

Notice that in this context, meditation is not the act by which we arrive at understanding. Here, meditation seems to be more along the lines of adoration or praise. And according to the KJV, it even has the implication of evangelism or a “talking” about God’s wondrous works. Let’s read it again, “Make me understand the way of Your precepts, (help me get it) So I will meditate on Your wonders.” 

In other words, when we truly understand God’s precepts, we rejoice in them because they make Kingdom sense! We see that God’s ways truly are higher than ours. When this happens, Church, rejoicing in God’s law, begins! When this happens, we see God’s law as GOOD! David did:

“Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; Speak of all His wonders.” – Psalm ‭105:2‬ ‭NASB‬‬

David spoke of God‘s wonders because he understood them. It’s possible the reason we don’t do so it’s because we don’t understand.

“On the glorious splendor of Your majesty And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.” – ‭‭Psalm ‭145:5‬ ‭NASB‬‬

David meditated on that which is glorious and majestic and wonderful. Once we understand God’s word we will see it the same way. Throughout this series, we have learned that true revival is a revival to life, hope, understanding, and consequently joy. Next we look at truth and faithfulness.Next let’s look at truth and faithfulness.

“My soul weeps because of grief; Strengthen me according to Your word. Remove the false way from me, And graciously grant me Your law.” – Psalms‬ ‭119:28-29‬ ‭NASB‬‬

In verse 25, the way of revival for a repentant soul (one cleaving to the dust) is God’s word. Here in verse 28, God’s word provides strength for the repentant soul regarding the associated grief.

David’s grief had to do with walking his own way, choosing his own path which led to many consequences. Revival came when God taught him the truth. And peace came when God strengthened David. 

No matter the source of our grief, the truth found in verse 28 reveals the antidote to grief: a strength that only comes from God’s word. 

David’s grief had to do with walking his own way, choosing his own path which led to many consequences. Revival came when God taught him the truth. And peace came when God strengthened David. Click To Tweet

Isaiah‬ ‭26:3‬ ‭(ESV‬‬) says, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you because he trusts in you.” No matter the reason for grief, our strength, peace, and rest come from looking to God. When life is complicated, God’s answer is always the same: seek first the Kingdom.

Verse 29 can be a bit challenging. “Remove the false way” and replace it with Your law. This is a sort of transplant operation. Removal often comes with pain, and the replacement can feel uncomfortable for a time, but it’s still the best way. 

My beautiful mom works at Christ Hospital as a transplant coordinator. Many challenges come after a transplant, but one of the most pressing problems is whether or not the person’s body will reject the new organ. 

Although this new organ is going to give them life, their body doesn’t recognize it and goes into rejection mode. This rejection can be combated by medicine, and as long as the person is faithful in taking that medicine, they continue to do well. But, this has now become their new normal. 

In our new life in Christ, the old organ of sin and destruction has been removed, and God has given us a new life. And if we meditate daily on his word (a sort of medicine if you will), we will live for the better. But this doesn’t change the fact that at times it may still seem strange. Sin’s phantom pains may stay with us all the days of our life. But the beauty is that there is coming a day when the old man will be completely transformed.

Sin's phantom pains may stay with us all the days of our life. But the beauty is that there is coming a day when the old man will be completely transformed. Click To Tweet

“I have chosen the faithful way; I have placed Your ordinances before me. I cling to Your testimonies; O LORD, do not put me to shame! I shall run the way of Your commandments, For You will enlarge my heart.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭119:30-32‬ ‭NASB‬‬

This is showing us that David was now choosing the faithful way because it had been taught to him by God. Obviously, he chose the wrong way in the past. But now he’s looking to the right way. 

Let’s track from the beginning; David was in the dust, he needed to be revived, he asked for help (which God did according to lovingkindness), then David chose the faithful way.

There’s a conscious effort on David’s part to direct his attention to God’s word. David placed God’s ordinances before him. He wasn’t necessarily saying he wrote it on his bathroom mirror (though that may help), he was saying to keep God’s word always before us, always at the ready, easily accessible. Why? Because it saves. Before he set God’s word before himself, he was cleaving to the dust. But after, he was able to cling to those testimonies. A practical and supernatural lifeline.

There's a conscious effort on David's part to place God’s ordinances before him. He wasn’t necessarily saying he wrote it on his bathroom mirror (though that may help), he was saying to keep God’s word always before us. Click To Tweet

Next, there’s the challenging line “don’t put me to shame,” which seems to communicate that even in repentance, there could still be ramifications for his past ways. Just because we choose God’s ways doesn’t mean there won’t be consequences from the past. We must be willing to humbly surrender those consequences and continue trusting in God’s way. 

As we arrive at the final verse, we see a declaration of running the race in such a way as to win the prize (just as we saw from the Apostle Paul earlier). If we will run this race by faith, pushing forward to win the prize, not only will God remove our shame, not only will God enlarge our hearts but look at what Psalm 30:11 says, 

“You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness, That my soul may sing praise to You and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever.”

When we run by faith, when we know that God’s ways are the best, when we put his testimonies always before us and allow him to enlarge our hearts, then he will be faithful to turn all mourning into dancing and lavish gladness upon us so that we sing his glory forever. I can’t think of a more beautiful picture of God’s two-fold revival than this.

Let’s Talk

Has the idea of revival changed as you walked through this study? I’d love to hear about it. Comment below or email me at nathan@nathanfranckhauser.com.

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