Monday, Revival in Our Hearts
The king who was handpicked by God Himself, the king who has seen incredible acts of mercy and grace; this is David. With bare hands, he kills a lion and a bear (1 Samuel 17:36). David had a front row seat to see a giant fall with one smooth stone (1 Samuel 17:50). He could tell story after story of God accomplishing miracles on His behalf. But here’s the truth of the matter, while seeing God rescue and save over and over again, David has allowed his heart to grow cold. In his sin, he has betrayed the God who saved him. After much chastening, the man after God’s own heart cries out: “Restore to me the joy of your salvation….” (Psalm 51:12)
Change the event or circumstances. Replace the names. You and I are no different than King David. How often do we look over our church family and see God’s saving power? We break bread with those whose lives have experienced the miraculous. We worship with brothers and sisters who lift their voice and hands in praise to the God who works wonders. We put our arms around straying sheep and pray for God to do what He does so well, save and rescue wandering sheep.
All the while, our own souls grow cold and unaffected. Like the mechanic who doesn’t have a ride because he’s too busy repairing other vehicles. Like the farmer who plants, waters and harvests for others to eat, but he himself goes hungry. Like the seamstress who wears threadbare clothes despite having the ability to sew beautiful clothes for others. Brothers, I am reminded of Paul’s words to Timothy, “It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops.” (2 Timothy 2:6)
We do not feed on the Word, because we have allowed sin to make us indifferent to the things of God. David’s prayer is so timely for those of us internally paralyzed by sin. The confession of Psalm 51 is that only God can restore the joy of our salvation. It is only He who upholds us during times of strength and weakness. Here’s the beautiful truth: God intends for you and me to minister His grace and truth out of our brokenness. He restores the rebel. He forgives the contrite. The expectation is that you and I will “...teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.” (Psalm 51:13)
Brother, the heart that receives reviving is the heart that is humble. In God’s kindness, He uses our teaching against the backdrop of our sinfulness to bring sinners to Himself. Don’t hide behind a facade of perfection. Stand boldly on the grace of God in Christ. Proclaim faithfully, not your imperfection, but Christ’s perfection. Teach personally the necessity of humble repentance. Preach corporately the beauty of gospel grace.
Father, I like David, have a rebel heart. I have sought the facade of my own righteousness. I have forsaken the Word. I have sought to minister in my own strength. Father, would you restore to me the joy of your salvation? Make my joy, your righteousness. Make my happiness, Christ. Out of gospel dependence may I teach fellow-transgressors your ways.