KEY TEXT: Psalms 65:9-10 You visit the earth and water it; you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide their grain, for so you have prepared it. You water its furrows abundantly, settling its ridges, softening it with showers, and blessing its growth.
KEY THOT: Yesterday, we see how God's word is like rain that pour out of heaven, bringing life. Today, we read how this rain-water (God's word) is turned into the "river of God" (God's Spirit) that flows throughout the land, watering it and bringing a revival of life and fruitfulness in the land. As we release God's word, we allow God's Spirit to flow throughout the land: "Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, 'Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'" The Word and the Spirit work together to bring life and revival to any land.
For revival to happen, we must speak God's word boldly and expect the Spirit to confirm it with signs following: "how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will" (Hebrews 2:3-4). Some churches want revival on their terms--they don't want the "signs and wonders and various miracles" because they are "charismatic". But we cannot dictate how the River of God will flow. We just let it flow if we want revival.
To have revival, we must proclaim the whole counsel of God, not selectively to fit our theological narrative. It's only when we proclaim the salvation as "declared at first by the Lord" in the Gospels that we will have revival. Some people pray for revival but do nothing to promote it. Charles Finney the American revivalist in the 19th century Second Great Awakening wrote in his book, "Lectures on Revival" that we must not only pray but actively promote revivals. We can have revival anytime we want because God has already poured out His Spirit 2,000 years ago on the Day of Pentecost. If there is no revival in a church, it's not because God is not moving, but the church is not moving. When we move in tandem with Jesus by taking on his yoke, we shall have revival.
Abba-Father, open our eyes to see that Revival has already come since the Day of Pentecost when You poured out Your Spirit. May we humble ourselves before, You and turn from our wicked ways so that You may hear from heaven, forgive our sins and heal our land. Amen.