A Word on Revival
When The Soul is Weary
Sometimes when I’m working on articles I spend hours on the same sentence trying to ‘perfect’ it. Other times, I pour over my research and books in an attempt to bring relevant posts to my blog. This is what comes with being a writer. In trying too hard, I lose focus on my actual goal: to have fun. All this trying and work wears me out both mentally and physically
Aren’t we like that in our walk with Abba Father sometimes? We get so lost in the routine of church-going we lose sight of the goal. We try to earn God’s acknowledgment and where His law should bring delight into our hearts (Psalm 1:2) it lays like a heavy burden on our soul.
There are many points I can get into with this, but today I want to focus on the weariness of the soul. Why is mine soul weary? If you’ve asked yourself this question, you’re probably as confused as I have been in the past.
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The Culprit of Unrest
Save fiery tests and trials, why does going to church, prayer, and reading the Word at times feel so exhausting that it becomes painfully dry? There’s no revival. The passionate fire we had as new born again believers seems to have been extinguished and now all that is left are the smoldering ashes. We try so hard but nothing’s coming. Have we perhaps lost sight of the purpose of worship? No, I don’t mean the music, lights, singing…I’m referring to daily living.
We get so wrapped up trying so hard we forget that prayer and worship are our peaceful rest. We treat these moments of rest as though we were going to our boss to show him how much work we got done. Too often we overlook the mercy of God and unconsciously only view Him as a judging King. As a result, we are left, trying to work our way to “earn” His attention. We find ourselves trapped in this never- ending cycle. How can we ever find the joy in revival like this? It doesn’t come as a surprise that our spiritual life has become dry, we find the culprit in unrest.
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Our spiritual needs must be fed daily, it’s not a suggestion, it’s a necessity. We don’t just casually forget to feed our bodies, it’s the same way with our spirit. If you go without food or water for weeks you will get weaker by the day until eventually, you’ll perish. We must learn to worship even in dry spells…ESPECIALLY in dry spells.
We can learn to worship unceasingly from King David. Even in dry places, he worshiped God unhindered.
“Oh God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land
Where there is no water.
So I have looked for You in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and Your glory.”
David wrote this psalm while hiding in the wilderness of Judah, escaping his son Absalom. The beauty of this is that even in that bleak place, David continued with his worship. He says, “My soul THIRSTS for you, my flesh LONGS for you.” He may have been in the desert but, his heart was not in the desert, it thirsted after God. His environment was desolate but David was not desolate. The place has nothing to do with our passion for worship, but rather, our worship should TRANSFORM the place!
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Passion of the Will
We don’t need to go looking for revival, for it is birthed from our hearts when the soul is willing to receive from God. That’s all it takes…willingness and humility. We’ve got to have a passionate will so like David, we too may sing, “I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory.”
I have noticed that after I refocus on my goal to write, my body is still tired but my spirit is lifted and I find enjoyment in my writing. It can be so with our time alone with God, in our mundane routines, or our Bible studies if we stop trying and simply focus in on who God is. He is our passion. And this alone can fill our desert.
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