Monday, January 30, 2017

A Week of Revival

“Sing to Him a NEW song; play skillfully with a shout of JOY.” –Psalm 33:3 (emphasis added)

You cannot pour new wine into old wineskins; a word spoken to me about a month ago… It wasn’t until January 22nd that I searched for the reference of this. Although I have been dwelling on it since it was given to me, I’m not sure why I waited so long to look it up, but God’s timing is perfect in revealing this reference to me as He led me into this week…this week that brought revival to my soul.

Matthew 9:14-17 reads, “Then the disciples of John came to Him, saying, ‘Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but Your disciples do not fast?’ And Jesus said to them, ‘Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast. No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for the patch pulls away from the garment, and the tear is made worse. Nor do they put new wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins break, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But they put new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”

Before this past week, everything in my walk with the Lord was bone dry for a while. God takes us through dry seasons from time to time, but this season stayed dry for me, because I lost heart. I wasn’t striving (in the good way) for the Lord. My lack of depth with Him flowed into the rest of my life and interactions with others…or no interactions rather. But grace and redemption…

I started this week with reading Psalm 33…”sing to Him a NEW song…” I may be back in Cambodia, but this season is new and He is doing something new. The old was good, the new is good too, but old and new do not mix, it brings destruction. Yet beyond that, to my walk with God, my eyes were opened: sing a new song to Him. SURGE. It’s like I was hit with a defibrillator. Revival. As the days went on, I walked through seeing the fear of the Lord, being brought to my knees; discovering that I was hungry and thirsty for more of Him.

“Then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the dumb sing. For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert. The parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water…” –Isaiah 35:6-7

Defibrillation. Revival. It was not the Lord, but ME - who lacked discipline.

{More of YOU and less of me. Jesus be the center of my life.}

Continuing day by day, strength was given to me and the joy of His salvation was being restored unto me (Psalm 51:10-12). If nothing else had occurred this past week, it wouldn’t have mattered, because I was being found in the Lord. I was getting lost in His presence and was being reminded that I’m only satisfied in Him. Yet, God chose to answer three of my prayers in an instant; a testimony that I will share at a later time.

As that week was coming to a close, God led me to Psalm 37. Verse 3 through the beginning of verse 7 says, “Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him…”

And that was what this week was. FEED on His faithfulness. DELIGHT in Him.

"Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and
feed on His faithfulness." -Psalm 37:3
Photo Credit: Zach Martinez

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