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Reviving the Humble

Reviving the Humble

Rev. Geoffrey Bingham

by Rev. Geoffrey Bingham

Subject: Revival

Book Code: 249

Pages: 21 pp, Booklet

Pub. Date: 1991

ISBN: 0 86408 143 X

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The psalmist cried out of the midst of misery,

Wilt thou not revive us again,
that thy people may rejoice in thee?

God's answer lies in the same Psalm—85—in verses 10-11:

Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;
righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
Faithfulness will spring up from the ground,
and righteousness will look down from the sky.

What do we mean by the verb 'to revive'? Generally speaking in the Old Testament it means 'to live', ie. 'to live again', 'to make or keep alive', and has the present sense of revive, ie. 'to freshen', 'to enliven'. Revival is that action of God whereby He brings again to life that which has become dead, and keeps it in the state of life. Examples of this are in Genesis 45:27, where Jacob's spirit revived when he heard the news that his son Joseph was still alive; in Judges 15:18-19, when Samson, exhausted from slaying one thousand Philistines, was dying of thirst, but as water came to him...