The 80’s were filled with musicians singing about life and love. Through breakups and breakdowns that make Taylor Swift seem normal, we came through a wonder-filled time of life. Huey Lewis made famous the song for which this article is titled. Here are the lyrics.
He wants something that can make him feel like he does when he is with his girlfriend. He wants to feel that magic. He wants to feel his heart racing in romance and love. Has your relationship with God ever been a pulse-pounding, exciting, can’t-wait-to-be-together relationship? We don’t think about God that way do we? We don’t consider loving God in an exciting way. We view our love for God in much more reasonable ways. Have we ever considered that our lack of power spiritually and the spiritual atrophy in our churches could be a result of a lack of passionate love for and with God?
In Psalm 85, I sense that the writer WANTS a fresh inflow of the life, love, and power of God. The term I will use today is “revival”. I DO NOT mean a series of 3 days, 7 days, or 14 days of meetings where a speaker and musician come to guide us through. What I am discussing today is our individual and personal responsibility toward experiencing a renewal and restoration of our lives, our churches, our cities, and our country. America can only be great again by the power of God. A choice for hope is a choice for Jesus.
What must be done?
- We must confess our need for revival.
- We need to accept the historical reality of revival. In the first 3 verses of the Psalm, the writer lays out 6 items of historical reality. A study of these words reflects wonderful insights into the heart and character of God. God poured refers to taking pleasure in bringing a blessing to His people. God restored refers to bringing His people back to the original position with Him. God forgave refers to His lifting and carrying away of the guilt. God covered refers to the act of removing something from view by placing between the two (That’s Jesus!!). Holding back refers to gathering back and letting something die, while keeping back refers to turning away from. The writer wants us to see that, in the past, God has removed the heat of his anger and turned away from it so that we could enjoy a season of refreshing and renewal.
- We must recognize who brings revival. When we look to man, we get what man can do. When we look to money, we get what money can do. When we look to an organization, we get what organization can do. When we look to denominations, we get what denominations can do. When we look to God, we get what God can do.
- We must pray for revival.
- We must tear our hearts for revival.
- We must remove the obstacles to revival. This indicates fellowship, walking with God, agreement with God (Amos 3:3) - being right with God. The greatest barrier to revival is sin. Are you right with God? Is there sin in your life? Are you living in disobedience to the Lord? Face up to this! Many years ago D. L. Moody heard Henry Varley say, “The world has yet to see what God will do with one man who is fully surrendered to Him.” Moody said, “By God’s grace, I’ll be that man!” Will you be another? Will you begin now to pray the same prayer for your church, that the world may see what God can do?
- We will then enjoy the fruit of revival. The rest of this Psalm expresses the wonderful fruit from revival. Just read it for yourself!
8I listen carefully to what God the lord is saying,
for he speaks peace to his faithful people.
But let them not return to their foolish ways.
9Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him,
so our land will be filled with his glory.
10Unfailing love and truth have met together.
Righteousness and peace have kissed!
11Truth springs up from the earth,
and righteousness smiles down from heaven.
12Yes, the lord pours down his blessings.
Our land will yield its bountiful harvest.
13Righteousness goes as a herald before him,
preparing the way for his steps.