Psalms 102:2 We Need Reviving

Psalms 102:2 (KJV)
Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily.

Though it does not appear to me that most of us sense we are in as much trouble as this Psalmist was, he said he was so concerned he forgot to eat, still most Christians recognize we are in serious trouble today.

  • Our governors have presumed to dictate what churches can and cannot do 
  • Our SCOTUS effectively dismissed the first amendment protection of the church last week
  • Our cities are being looted by thugs and
  • Our mayors are allowing them to do it

We need reviving. 

And that reviving might require first that we come to see exactly how bad off things are. I just received word of a major faith organization using government funds to “survive” this shut down, and that while still receiving all of the funds they would normally have received by way of promises. In effect, they took our grandchildren’s tax money for their own benefit, not because they could not survive without it, but because they could. 

Ever feel like a sparrow alone upon the house top? [1] 

We need not be alarmed. 

Psalms 102:12-13 (KJV)
But thou, O LORD, shalt endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations.
Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.


[1] Psalms 102:7 (KJV)
I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top.

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Psalms 94:20-23 Imprecatory Praying

Psalms 94:20-23 (KJV)
Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?
They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood.
But the LORD is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge.
And he shall bring upon them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; yea, the LORD our God shall cut them off.

Years ago, as a very young pastor, I attended the sentencing hearing of a pastor I still believe was falsely accused. After the sentencing a nationally known pastor asked all of the preachers there to meet him on the courthouse steps. He also assembled all of the news stations there and, without my knowledge of consent, began to pray that God would kill the judge, his wife and his children. I was appalled. That experience has flavored my ministry so that I am loath to offer imprecatory prayers, especially against those in authority.[1]

That said, I do find guidance, assurance and comfort knowing that God sees who is in authority today. He sees them using this pestilence as an opportunity to frame their wicked laws. God sees and God will hold them accountable. 

I want to pray for them to be saved, to repent, and to reverse the decisions they have made. If they do not the LORD our God has promised to cut them off in their own wickedness. 


[1] I will note that most imprecatory prayers in the Bible are offered against authorities.

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Psalms 91:9-11 Hope and Fear

Psalms 91:9-11 (KJV)
Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

I see in this passage both the hope of the believer in this present time and the fear of the unbeliever. 
The hope of the believer is that, by making God our refuge, no plague will come nigh our dwelling.
This doesn’t mean a Christian can’t get sick, it means a Christian can’t be overcome by a plague without God’s consent. Honestly Christian, are you willing to trust God whether He can protect you or not? While we do not want to be foolhardy in this season of plague, especially because we do not want to spread the pestilence to an unbeliever, it is faithless to fear what God has control of. 

This is exactly why the unbeliever fears the Christian today. 
Because we have little to no fear of that which brings terror to their soul, they are afraid we might bring this plague upon them. There have been times in history when those, who are lost, recognized that Christians served as salt and light. They would not join in our faith, but they certainly would not fight it. This is an era of something different. The unbeliever tends to think faith is the problem. 

  • Our teachings are labeled as hate speech. 
  • Our lifestyles are considered archaic. 
  • Our evangelism is considered vile. 

It’s no wonder they want to lock down our churches as long as they possibly can. 

It would be wise to be sensitive to their fears. 
It would be unwise to give in to them. 

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Psalms 89:47-48 The Best Way to Live

Psalms 89:47-48 (KJV)
Remember how short my time is: wherefore hast thou made all men in vain?
What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.

It is a painful reality but a reality still that all of us shall see death. 

  • Philosophically some men cope with death with, “Death is a part of living”. 
  • Too many men have had to accept the inevitability of death on some battlefield. 
  • With old age often comes a sort of friendship with death as the body’s problems become increasingly difficult to bear. 

To the Christian, death is not an enemy but a door leading to abundant life.

The best way to have a wonderful life is to have a plan for death. To recognize that this life is short and to be prepared for death through faith in Jesus Christ, opens up our few years on earth to eternal possibilities. 

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Psalms 87:2 The Primacy of the Place of Worship

Psalms 87:2 (KJV)
The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.

I know I am taking liberty with the passage but please hear me out. The gates of Zion is a reference to Jerusalem, the place where the Temple was constructed. The dwellings of Jacob would be the homes, whether speaking of the region of each tribe or the individual houses of each family. God loves the Jews. They were and are the apple of His eye. He loved them because He chose to love them. He would love them in their homes. He would love them in their fields. He would love them in their villages. 

But there was something the LORD loved more than their dwellings. The LORD loved the gates of Zion. The LORD loved the place of their worship and the performance of their worship. 

I realize that I am reaching for this, but I think it points out that, if we look for it, we can see the Bible teaches, from cover to cover, the primacy of our place of worship. 

(For a couple of other perspectives from this same passage please see these Daily Visits https://mckenzie-visit-with-god.blogspot.com/2009/10/how-he-loves-church.html, https://mckenzie-visit-with-god.blogspot.com/2012/09/assembled-christianity.html

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Psalms 85:4 Turn Us, O God

Psalms 85:4 (KJV)
Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause thine anger toward us to cease.

This is part of one of the great revival passages in the Word of God. 

Psalms 85:3-7 (KJV)
Thou hast taken away all thy wrath: thou hast turned thyself from the fierceness of thine anger.
Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause thine anger toward us to cease.
Wilt thou be angry with us for ever? wilt thou draw out thine anger to all generations?
Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?
Shew us thy mercy, O LORD, and grant us thy salvation.

What I notice today is that the reviving begins by God turning us. The primary thing is not that God’s anger ceases, though that is the desired outcome. The primary thing is that we be turned. 

It isn’t, I notice, an act of human will that brings about the turning. The Psalmist prayed that God would turn us. 

  • It wasn’t preaching. 
  • It wasn’t influence. 

It was God who needed to make the turn. 

There are so many rallying cries today. 

  • Cries for civil disobedience. 
  • Cries to stand strong for our faith. 
  • Cries for unity in action. 

“Oh Lord, turn us to our knees instead. 

Turn us to You in prayer instead.” 

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Psalms 81:13 We Cannot Blame God

Psalms 81:13 (KJV)
Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways!

If only God’s people had hearkened to God and walked in His ways. 

We cannot blame God for the outcome of Israel. History proves they never did walk obedient consistently. The same is true in our time. The trouble is not with God. 

Psalms 81:13-16 (KJV)
Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways!
I should soon have subdued their enemies, and turned my hand against their adversaries.
The haters of the LORD should have submitted themselves unto him: but their time should have endured for ever.
He should have fed them also with the finest of the wheat: and with honey out of the rock should I have satisfied thee.

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Psalms 79:1 The Heathen Are Come

Psalms 79:1 (KJV)
O God, the heathen are come into thine inheritance; thy holy temple have they defiled; they have laid Jerusalem on heaps.

It seems to me that the Psalms speak daily about the trouble we are in today. 

I note that the governor of our state presumes to give guidance[1] to churches. This is typical and even appropriate for Protestant churches. The Pilgrims and Puritans expected their government to take ownership and tell people when, where to worship and how much to give by way of taxes. 

Early Baptists suffered heavily because they refused to marry their faith to government. Through the crisis of the war for independence, they lobbied for liberty of conscience and, once receiving it, began the long road of courtship and dependence on government. Today it is obvious most Baptists are married to the government and therefore functionally Protestant. Seems like we’re witnessing an attempt to effect a divorce. It would have been better had we never wed. 

I believe we have just one hope; that is that God would judge those who have defiled His Holy Temple and render to us churches wholly separated from government. 

I cannot say I know what that looks like. 

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Psalms 79:1 The Heathen Are Come

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[1] Psalms 79:1-6 (KJV)
O God, the heathen are come into thine inheritance; thy holy temple have they defiled; they have laid Jerusalem on heaps.
The dead bodies of thy servants have they given to be meat unto the fowls of the heaven, the flesh of thy saints unto the beasts of the earth.
Their blood have they shed like water round about Jerusalem; and there was none to bury them.
We are become a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and derision to them that are round about us.
How long, LORD? wilt thou be angry for ever? shall thy jealousy burn like fire?
Pour out thy wrath upon the heathen that have not known thee, and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon thy name.

Psalms 77:7-9 It Will Pass

Psalms 77:7-9 (KJV)
Will the Lord cast off for ever? and will he be favourable no more?
Is his mercy clean gone for ever? doth his promise fail for evermore?
Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah.

Of what calamity this Psalm speaks, we will not know until we reach eternity. What I am struck with is that such calamities are so frequent: in the Bible, in history, and in life in general that they cannot all be identified. This one was especially difficult. The Psalmist mused in his heart and, at the same moment, cried out to God, “Will the Lord cast off for ever?”

  • They had known the presence of God.  Not now.
  • They had experienced His blessing and favor. No more.
  • God had given to them mercy. No longer

His promises seemed now to fail. His grace seemed to have ended. It now felt as if all they could know was the anger of the Lord.

I do not know the occasion or the severity of this distress so I cannot say how it compares to the one that we now face. I imagine that the Psalmist’s trouble would make ours seem as nothing. What I am certain of is that it did not last forever. Since the time of this writing:

  • Men have known the presence of God
  • Men have experienced His blessing and favor
  • Men have been granted mercy
  • Men have enjoyed the grace of God and
  • Men have lived without fear of the anger of God

We have come to a time of distress and trial. Just today I learned that our state’s governor presumes to develop “guidance” for church assemblies. This is a huge step over the Baptist, and very biblical, doctrine of separation of church and state. If America has ever known the blessing and favor of God, it sure feels as if it has been cast off now. 

But this will pass. 

Our place today is to turn to the Lord as perhaps we have never done before. We cannot take for granted that we have freedom of worship. We cannot take for granted that we have the privilege of public assembly. We cannot take God for granted another day. The people of God must turn to God.

And pray for “a little reviving.”[1]


[1] Ezra 9:8-9 (KJV)
And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage.
For we were bondmen; yet our God hath not forsaken us in our bondage, but hath extended mercy unto us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, to set up the house of our God, and to repair the desolations thereof, and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem.

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Psalms 73:25 No One But God

Psalms 73:25 (KJV)
Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.

I’ll say it right off; There are some challenges with this verse. The Psalmist, who is not David asserts two things:
There is no one in heaven he is interested in but God
It is not David, but we know for sure that David expected and looked forward to seeing the baby born to Bathsheba when he got to heaven. It cannot be said, therefore, that it is wrong to look forward to seeing our loved ones who have gone before us.

There is no one on earth he is interested in but God
There are countless examples of people in the Bible who cares for another human being. Paul’s love for the Philippians comes to mind.[1] It cannot be said, therefore, that it is wrong to love someone on this earth. 

That said, this is still challenging and convicting. The Psalmist said there is only one he looked forward to seeing in heaven, the Lord. And he said there is only one he desired in this world, the Lord. It’s a matter of priority and preference. Honestly, can you say that Jesus is enough to make heave sweet for you? Can you honestly say if you had no friend today but Jesus, He would be enough for you?

No reviving can happen in our soul except this is a truth in us. 


[1] Philippians 4:1
Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

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