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Summary: Someone has observed that no significant revival has ever occurred without first having these three factors prevalent: (1) attention to the Word of God, (creating a hunger and thirst for righteousness), (2) repentance, and (3) prayer.

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Psalm 119:25-32 NKJV

25 My soul clings to the dust;

Revive me according to Your word.

Signs of need for revival: verses 25 & 28, dryness and heaviness.

"So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God" (Romans 10:17).

26 I have declared my ways,

and You answered me;

Teach me Your statutes.

Elements of prayer: confession, repentance.

Confession, "to agree with God" (1 John 1:9).

Repentance, "turning away from" and "turning toward".

Contrast "my ways" / "Thy ways" (Isaiah 55:8-9).

27 Make me understand the way of Your precepts;

So shall I meditate on Your wondrous works.

The critical importance of "divine revelation".

Wisdom from God, not wisdom of the world.

28 My soul melts from heaviness;

Strengthen me according to Your word.

Put on the "garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness" (Isaiah 61:3).

It is Christ Who strengthens (Philippians 4:13).

29 Remove from me the way of lying,

And grant me Your law graciously.

Contrast "the way of lying" / "the way of truth".

Lying ways of others which deceive us; our own lying ways in which we deceive ourselves.

Note: law and grace working together to revive, strengthen, enlarge. The law a "tutor" to lead us to Christ Who gives grace abundantly (Galatians 3:24-25 NIV).

30 I have chosen the way of truth;

Your judgments I have laid before me.

"Your word is truth" (Psalm 119:160).

Jesus is the Truth (John 14:6).

31 I cling to Your testimonies;

O LORD, do not put me to shame!

Contrast verse 25 "cling to the dust" / verse 31

"cling to Your testimonies".

"Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" (2 Timothy 2:15 KJV).

"For the Scripture says, ’Whoever believes in Him will not be put to shame’" (Romans 10:11).

32 I will run in the way of Your commandments,

For You shall enlarge my heart.

Repentance: run from sin, run toward God.

"Enlarge my heart" -- "set my heart free" (NIV).

REQUIREMENTS FOR REVIVAL:

(1) The Word of God (the Law and the Prophets and the Gospel, the whole counsel of God).

(2) Repentance.

(3) Prayer.

RESULTS OF REVIVAL:

(1) Understanding.

(2) Strengthening.

(3) Life and joy.

Complete dependance upon God. Proverbs 3:5 "Trust in the Lord..."

Responsibility to seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Matthew 6:33 "Seek ye first..."

Jesus said to him, "I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me" (John 14:6).

Conclusion:

Life situation -> seek God -> God’s response -> our response to God -> God’s continued work in us -> God blesses us -> we bless others ->

-> praise & glory & thanksgiving unto God!

Isaiah 57:15 NKJV

For thus says the High and Lofty One

Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy"

"I dwell in the high and holy place,

With him who has a contrite and humble spirit,

To revive the spirit of the humble,

And to revive the heart of the contrite ones."


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