Saturday, August 13, 2011
Awake My Soul!
My heart is steadfast, O God,
my heart is steadfast.
I will sing and make melody.
Awake my soul!
Summertime heralds revival-time in many churches and mine is no exception. Ours was held two weeks ago this coming Sunday. It was in every way a joyous event filled with inspirational sermons and soul-stirring songs. I'm certain that I was not the only person who left there that evening feeling renewed, re-energized and refreshed in mind, body, and spirit, recommitted to loving the Lord and to spreading the good news of His kingdom to a hurting world.
As Christians, we all need revivals from time to time. Trials and temptations abound in this world and, even for the most devout, dedicated, and mature believers, these can wear on our hearts and cloud our minds in seeing God's vision for our lives. Maybe there is a strained relationship at work or family issues eating away at our faith. Perhaps, financial difficulties or the illness of a precious friend or relative are sapping our zeal for the Lord. The good thing about problems and situations that bring us to our knees is knowing we are in the correct posture to approach our God in prayer.
Will you pray with me today?
Heavenly Father, send a revival! Renew a right spirit within me. Restore my faith and trust in You. Refresh me in the comfort of Your word and Your presence. Awake my soul, dear Lord, awake my soul! In the precious name of Jesus, amen.
"Awake my soul, prepare an entrance for your glory,
And let my heart become a throne for you to dwell;
And when I need your Holy Spirit more than life itself,
Then Christ is formed in me." ~ Philips, Craig, and Dean
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