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.

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).


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

(2) Repentance.

(3) Prayer.


(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).


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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