You Will Revive Me

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It’s the day after daylight savings and I feel drained. As much as I’d like to blame my circumstances for my energy deficiency, my tiredness is my responsibility; the result of my choices. Regardless of the roots, I am in need of revival.

In the Psalms, I am struck by the author’s plea for God’s reviving response “according to His lovingkindness” (119:88, 119:149, 119:159). There is also a repeated request for God’s revival according to His “word” (119:25, 119:50, 119:107, 119:154) and “ordinances” (119:149, 119:156). It seems the author expects God’s revival of both his heart and his mind.

This morning, I will rest in my responsive Abba’s arms and I will dwell on my Daddy’s written words of reassurance. Many have pursued this path of internal revival, as these passages remind us:

“You who seek God, let your heart revive.” Psalm 69:32b

“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me.” Psalm 138:7

“You who have shown me many troubles and distresses
Will revive me again,
And will bring me up again from the depths of the earth.
May You increase my greatness
And turn to comfort me.Psalm 71:20-21

May all those thirsty for renewal find their souls revived and satisfied and they turn to God’s quenching presence (John 4:14) and meditate on Christ’s words of courage and comfort.

-By Forest Benedict, LMFT, SATP-C

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