Revival – a lot of people talk about it, but few understand it. For the most part we like the idea of revival, but lack the drive to see it through. Like it or not, if we want to see revival in the church, then it needs to start in the individual.
For the next five posts, I want to go through David’s experience with revival as recorded in Psalm 51. I believe that it will give us the understanding we need to head in that direction. The desire is up to you.
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge. Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
The conditions surrounding the writing of this Psalm are very important. David was the king of Israel. His word was law. One day, from the rooftop of his palace, he saw the wife of one of his generals taking a bath. He was infatuated with her and eventually they had an affair that got her pregnant.
Since the general was away at the front lines, this would be an awkward situation unless it was taken care of quickly. After a few failed attempts at a cover-up, David had the general assassinated. He then took the “grieving widow” as one of his wives. Now everything was fine and they could live happily ever after…or could they?
The prophet, Nathan, was given a Word from God about the situation. He confronted David with the truth. This Psalm is David’s response. I’m glad to say that David was able to turn around and renew his walk with God. By writing it in a Psalm, we can see the principles of personal revival.
In order for us to experience the joy of a personal revival, it always starts in the same place. We must see the condition of our lives from God’s perspective.
Please understand me. I realize that we’re righteous, by position, in Jesus Christ. That’s not what I’m talking about. I’m looking at the day to day condition of our physical walk with God. Are we where we should be? Am I living up to the high calling of God?
It seems that one of the most dreaded exercises for most Christians, is to take a long, hard, look at themselves. We must be brutally honest in our assessment – comparing ourselves with the example of Christ. No whitewashing, no excuses, and no justifications. I can’t compare myself with anybody else – after all, I can always find someone doing worse that me.
This, then is the first step toward personal revival. Taking inventory of your spiritual walk as a believer. Finding and admitting those areas in which you fall short of your calling to walk as Christ did.
Only then can you truly seek God’s power to change you. Let this be your prayer. “God, help me to see myself as I really am before you.” Then take the steps necessary to bring the revival of God into your life.
Question: Why do we hesitate to take spiritual inventory of our lives?
© Nick Zaccardi 2014