Friday, April 7, 2017

Revive Us Again! Part 2

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. 
(Psalm 51:10-12 KJV)

Note:  On March 12, 2017, I was blessed to lead worship at my church—the title of my sermon was Revive Us Again! 

This is the second post in a short series sharing a heavily edited version of my sermon by the same title.  In the future, there may be an audio or video of this sermon which will enhance what I will be sharing in writing.  To enhance your understanding I recommend you read the first post here:  Revive Us Again!

Psalms 51:10 Inspirational Image

Starting with our own sinful nature, crying out to God in humility, as David did in Psalm 51 is a great place to start.  Revival starts with individuals and spreads.  In Psalm 51 David cries out for mercy, for forgiveness, asking God to cleanse his iniquity—God is the only one who can do this.  In confessing our sins and seeking forgiveness from God, our hearts are purged (cleaned, emptied out—complete thorough cleaning process), we are washed in the blood of the Lamb—the blood of Jesus and made whiter than snow.  A clean, renewed heart wholly devoted to God alone. 

Psalms 51:11 Inspirational Image

In revival, we are restored to a right relationship with God.  This causes us to rejoice!  Revival is a blessing from God—it is not a given in every generation, nor is it a cure-all for all that ails us.  Revival—true revival changes us and shakes things up.  Revival should fill us with a passion to share the gospel with everyone!  Revival without obedience to God is a mockery, a disservice to God—honestly, I am not sure how that can even be called a revival!

Psalms 51:12 Inspirational Image

For several suggestions on praying for revival, I offer to you the following links that contain solid information on praying for revival:

In summary, all our prayers for revival should start with our own hearts and lives—seeking God for a renewed sensitivity to sin and deepening of love for God.  It is from there the biggest changes occur and we are changed, as well as those around us.

If you decide to pray for revival, be prepared for change—change in how we worship and do what we do--music; for example, changes through revivals.  Consider the music Charles Wesley wrote—he used contemporary tunes to turn his poetry into hymns, many of which are still sung today…or consider the contemporary worship music influenced by the Jesus People/Charismatic Movement of the late 1960s/1970s.  Expecting revival without change will not work.  In revival the church is changed; then society changes.  Sadly, this did not happen in the Charismatic/Jesus People Movement—while many people came to faith, society grew more and more liberal (this was the time of prayer being removed from schools and the legalization of abortion).

Where do we start?  We start with our own heart—searching it and confessing our sins, seeking forgiveness from God.  Then we can pray for those around us and the rampant sin in our society.  Ask God to open the windows of Heaven and pour out His Spirit.  O that God might have mercy on us and send revival before things get really bad!

Nevertheless, may the cry of all our hearts echo the cry in a contemporary worship song from the early 1990s, Cry of My Heart:  

The hymn I selected to close the service, Revive Us Again, comes from a renewed, revived heart—from one who was a prodigal but returned home to the Lord.  May the words ring true for us as we live each day for the Lord.


Please join with me in prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, through Your Holy Spirit stir-up in us the embers of faith that are beginning to die, so that we may see our hearts as You see them.  As we cry out to You, in faith, realizing the depth of our how lost we are, we know that You will be faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us anew.  Cause us to be sensitive to the sin in our lives and to confess and receive forgiveness, moving on in faith to all that You have for us.  Open us to the variety of changes revival will bring our way—changes within us and within our churches.  Empower us to change our society through a revival of Your work within and around us.  In Jesus’ Name, we pray.  Amen.

From My Heart to Yours,



  1. This was a wonderful call to revival...I noticed last week that one of our local churches was having a revival for several days, and I wondered, is that for the sinners or the saints? And my conclusion's for come and be renewed, refreshed, and start anew in the Lord. Easter season is a great time to think about and pray for revival in our own hearts and lives and in the life of our churches. Thank you for this wonderful call to remind us of our need to come before the Lord in a spirit of repentance and desiring to be revived again!

    1. Thank you Pam for your kind words. Revivals are so interesting--totally God's decision. Revival (for a true one anyway) start with God's people being revived; that should lead to evangelizing the lost. Yes, this is a great time to seek revival. May we all experience Easter in a fresh new way this year!


  2. True revival can't help but foster change in the way we see ourselves, others, and especially, God. I'm praying each day that the Lord would "create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me" so that I can serve Him to His honor and glory.
    Love and blessings, Kim!

    1. Martha, I believe you are correct. I love your prayer for yourself. May God create in His children a clean heart and renew a right spirit within us. Then may we take that and apply it in our service for Him.

      Love and Blessings!

  3. Hi Kim! I think this is one of my favorite posts from you! Psalm 51 is my favorite one, I love the humility and the strong prayer it is. Your images with the quotes on them are beautiful, and the songs were so inspiring too.

    I pray for a true revival in my soul, one that includes obedience to whatever the Lord asks of me. That is true freedom, true change. That would be a great way to meet Jesus on Easter.
    Wishing you a blessed Holy Week,

    1. Hi Ceil! Awe, thank you for your most kind words; they really mean a lot to me.

      Your prayer for revival is a great one to pray--obedience really is key. If we aren't obedient to the Lord, we reveal how little we love Him (Scriptures seem to indicate that). Oh, yes, true freedom, true change would be an amazing way to meet Jesus on Easter.

      Blessings on your Holy Week, as well.


    2. I pray that we will both meet the Lord on Easter in the freedom of loving and obeying him. What a great encounter that would be!

    3. Ceil, I love your prayer, that we'll both meet the Lord on Easter in the freedom of loving and obeying Him. Oh, to experience the truth of Easter in a fresh, new, and empowering way!

      Happy Easter!


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