Psalms 119:33-40 Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes, And I shall keep it to the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law; Indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart. Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, For I delight in it. Incline my heart to Your testimonies, And not to covetousness. Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, And revive me in Your way. Establish Your word to Your servant, Who is devoted to fearing You. Turn away my reproach which I dread, For Your judgments are good. Behold, I long for Your precepts; Revive me in Your righteousness.

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Psalm 119:33-40 reveals the heart of a person who truly desires to walk with Jesus  with all their heart. Despite this desire the psalm also reveals the need for to accomplish what is impossible for us, when our old man is aroused, through the weakness of our flesh. When Jesus commanded that the disciples “Watch and pray”, it was because although the redeemed have a willing spirit, we still have to deal with human frailty.

This psalm reveals how we can put ourselves in a position to receive from God, gaining what He promised; that which He commands we continually experience. This need/promise is revealed in the word REVIVE.

David’s plea to be revived by God is a prayer for something w have no resources for within our humanity. We have discovered that when we begin to falter or are in danger of falling, it is because we have lost our traction on the narrow way that leads to life. Note I did not say we have fallen off the road, but we have begun slipping in moving forward. When we discover this REALITY we need to REFOCUS on:

  1. The way of His statutes (vs. 33)
  2. The Spirit’s leading in His law, as we practice His presence (vs. 34)
  3. Submitting to the Holy Spirit’s leading, as He commands in every moment (vs. 35)
  4. Refocusing on His testimonies and glory, rather than our wants (vs. 36)
  5. Allowing the Lord to turn our focus back to Christ’s kingdom alone (vs. 37)
  6. Re-committing to being taught by the Holy Spirit, as He reveals God’s word (vs. 38)
  7. Only Allowing God to define us, rather than the reproach of others (vs. 39)

These seven are actually the first emphasis in our being revived, because these enable us to gain traction on the road that leads to eternal life.

(Psalm 119:37) Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things and revive me in Your way.

Revival in this manner, takes another more important revival in our lives. This is revealed in vs. 40.

(Psalm 119:40) Behold I have longed after Your precepts; Revive me in your righteousness

Since I have written on this website extensively concerning what is to follow, I will be brief. Please do not thin then that this of of little import, for what I am about to write one of the main reasons the church in this country is faltering.

Let us understand that the precepts David is desiring are the well defined rules of spiritual life and relationship to God. This encompasses the seven essentials of REFOCUS listed above.

Although the spiritual man’s desire of being revived in these areas is a start, it takes more than desire to be REVIVED; it takes a greater enlivening, a surge of power that will raise the Christian from their coma like state.

(Ephesians 5:14) Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.”

(Ephesians 5:18) And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit.

Being filled with the Holy spirit continually is our reviving and it is right in line with David’s prayer that God “REVIVE ME IN YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.  He is pleading give me Your life and power, for I am in a coma and need revived.

For Christians this is not something we need to beg for, but it is something we need to know is missing in our lives, when it is absent. The appropriate question concerning this need is are we experiencing the literal character, faith, action and power of Jesus Himself?

Interestingly, Jesus answers David’s prayer in the Beatitudes when He declares “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6). The word Jesus uses for righteousness means “equity of character and action” in the Greek language. Those who want to be filled with Christ life, power and righteousness shall have more and more, as they deposit faith and obedience.

When we are slipping on the narrow road, when we know the fruit of the Christ-life is lacking in our life, we must be REVIVED. Only He can bring the power. Only we can open up our flood gates with faith and obedience.

(John 7:37-38) On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”


About Michael J Erdel

Mike is a pastor with The Assembly of God Fellowship. He is the lead pastor at Encounter Church in Fostoria Ohio. His desire is to encourage the Church of Jesus Christ, and declare God's hope through His Son Jesus, to a world which is long on excuses and short on hope. Mike has experienced the truth that when we kneel before Christ, surrendering to Him as Savior and LORD, being led and empowered by His Spirit. To Jesus Christ be all glory and honor.
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