Psalms 85:1-3 Revival, Forgiving, and Mercy

Psalms 85:1-3 (KJV)
LORD, thou hast been favourable unto thy land: thou hast brought back the captivity of Jacob.
Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin. Selah.
Thou hast taken away all thy wrath: thou hast turned thyself from the fierceness of thine anger.

This psalm pleads, in verse 6, “Wilt thou not revive us again?” That’s interesting because the Psalmist has already acknowledged that:

  • God had been favorable
  • God had returned them to their land
  • God had forgiven their iniquity
  • God had covered their sin
  • God had taken away His wrath
  • God had turned from His anger

Yet still, he prays for revival, forgiving, and mercy.

I take from this that reviving ought to lead us, not to be settled in our reviving, but to seek even greater reviving.

I never want to think that God’s favor has brought me where I ought to be. Until I get to heaven, it has only brought me farther down the path. I haven’t yet attained. There is still much ground to be possessed. There is still plenty of room to grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord.

To that end, I wish to live and to pray.

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Psalms 85:1-3 Revival, Forgiving, and Mercy

Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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