Summary: Five reasons why we need to cry out for revival

Revive Us Again

Psalm 85:1-13

Sermon by Rick Crandall

McClendon Baptist Church - Oct. 12, 2008

*Our revival with Greg Wilton starts next Sunday, and we are praying for true, spiritual revival. -- But what does that mean? In the Old Testament revival means “to have life, sustain life, live forever or to make alive.” The word picture is a person or military force completely surrounded by the enemy, with no way to escape. In the moment of greatest despair, God intervenes and rescues them completely.

*Revival today is first and foremost about Christians personally getting right with God. Phil Dyar asks Christians, “When do we need revival?”

*We need revival.

-When church dinners are better attended than prayer meetings.

-When we do not love Jesus as we once did.

-When we would rather watch TV than read the Bible and pray.

-When we have time for recreation and sports, but not for Bible study and prayer.

*We need revival.

-When we seldom think thoughts of eternity.

-When we make little effort to witness to the lost.

-When we are unmoved by the fact over 2 billion people in the world have never heard the name of Jesus.

*We need revival.

-When our Christianity is joyless and dry.

-When we are bored with worship.

-When believers can be at odds with each other and not feel compelled to pursue reconciliation.

*We need revival.

-When we know the truth in our heads that we are not practicing in our lives.

-When we would rather make money than give money.

-When people have to be entertained to be drawn to church.

-When the fire has gone out in our hearts, our marriages, and the church. (1)

*We need revival all of the time -- again and again and again! So we sing and we pray, “Revive us again, Lord!

1. Revive us, because we are inspired by your history.

*In vs. 1-3 the Psalm writer looked back to the great things our God has done. He looked back for strength, encouragement and inspiration. He looked back and began to praise God. “Lord, You have been favorable to Your land; You have brought back the captivity of Jacob. You have forgiven the iniquity of Your people; You have covered all their sin. Selah You have taken away all Your wrath; You have turned from the fierceness of Your anger.”

*This man was looking back at the great things God had done for His people. David did the same thing when He was about to face the giant Goliath. In 1 Sam 17:32-37 David said to King Saul:

32. "Let no man’s heart fail because of (the giant); your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.’’

33. And Saul said to David, "You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.’’

34. But David said to Saul, "Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock,

35. I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it.

36. Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.’’

37. Moreover David said, "The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.’’

*Believers, all of us can look back at the great things God has done. We can look into His Word and see many examples of His great help. We can look back at the great things God has done in our own lives. We can feed on wonderful stories of God touching other lives, -- sending revival, deliverance and salvation.

2. Revive us Lord, because we are inspired by your history. And because we deserve Your hot anger.

*The Psalmist has looked back at God’s greatness. Now in vs. 4-7 he begins to look both around and within. He does not like what he sees, so he cries out to God:

4. Restore us (“Turn us” the KJV says.) Restore us, O God of our salvation, And cause Your anger toward us to cease.

5. Will You be angry with us forever? Will You prolong Your anger to all generations?

6. Will You not revive us again, That Your people may rejoice in You?

7. Show us Your mercy, O Lord, And grant us Your salvation.

*This Psalmist is crying out to the Lord with a passionate, heartfelt prayer. He is crying out for God’s mercy, salvation and revival. He is crying out because he realizes that we have sinned and that we deserve the wrath of Almighty God.

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Larry Finley

commented on Jan 8, 2009

I only wish I could be so meticulous in giving credit in my sermons!

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