Psalm 119:37, “Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in Your way”
David in Psalm 119 craved revival that over and over again he mentions it, and the verse that captured my heart was, vs. 37 which says “Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in Your way”. The scripture we shared from Isaiah 40 cannot come handy until we are ready and that means turning our eyes from looking at worthless things.
Today we look at a man who prayed for revival in his land. Ezra 9 tells of Ezra, one of the three key leaders who left Babylon for the reconstruction of Jerusalem. The three leaders were Zerubbabel (first to come to Jerusalem) followed by Nehemiah and then Ezra. Zerubbabel reconstructed the temple, Nehemiah built the walls, and Ezra restored teaching and worship. When Ezra came, he first looked at the condition of the people and he discovered that the priests and the Levites had not separated themselves from the people of that land. They had taken wives for themselves so that the holy seed was mixed with people of those lands (from the beginning the Lord did not want them to marry from outside their people, that is why Abraham had to send his servant to get a wife for his son from his people). They trespassed and did many things that were not right in the eyes of God. Upon hearing all this, Ezra tore his garments and the people who kept the words of God assembled with him. Ezra 9:5-6, “5 At the evening sacrifice I arose from my fasting and having torn my garment and my robe, I fell on my knees and spread out my hands to the Lord my God, 6, And I said, “O my God, I am too a shamed and humiliated to lift up my face to You, my God; for our iniquities have risen higher than our heads and our guilt has grown up to heavens”.
His first move and call for revival was repentance for his people. He acknowledged the sins in the land therefore he tore his garments, fasted and began to repent. His cry was “Turn my (our) eyes from looking at worthless things”. He continues in vs. 7 talking about what they did that brought them shame, led them to captivity, famine, highlighting many calamities that befell them because of their iniquity. Shouldn’t that be our cry and repentance toward God for having minimized prayers in our churches, taken prayers out of schools, pulling down the things of God from public places, approved immorality, agreed and funded abortion, compromised the word of God and manipulated it to fit our lifestyle, drugs, robbery, rape, murder and many things that are not in line with God’s word? Here is a man crying to God on behalf of his nation, what about us? are we also crying to God on behalf of our nation?
Ezra 9:8, “And now for a little while grace has been shown from the Lord our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a peg in His holy place, that our God may enlighten our eyes and give us a measure of revival in our bondage”. His repentance for his people and his cry for repentance from his people led him to cry for revival for his people, “…and revive me in Your way“, My continuous prayer and burden is that God would bring backsliders to repentance and revive them in His way. Do you have a prayer and burden for something? Vs. 9, “For we were slaves. Yet our God did not forsake us in our bondage; but He extended mercy to us in the sight of kings of Persia, to revive us, to repair the house of our God, to rebuild the ruins, and to give us a wall in Judah and Jerusalem”. We too were once slaves never forsaken in our mess. He showed us mercy, revived us, repaired us, rebuilt us and gave us identity and now we can cry to God on behalf of others to receive what we have received. Hebrews 4:16, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need”
Praise God because revival is there for those who are ready, and those who are revived can be an Ezra to repent on behalf of others and pray to God for revival. I believe the true signs of revival is when we have a burden again to pray having been convicted of our current state and to the point we also hear the lost cry out, “what must we do to be saved?” it has to begin with us Christians who are willing to roll up our sleeves and go to work. Be revived, stay revived, pray for revival. Blessings Ev