Revival Joy

Eildert Zwart

READ : Nehemiah 8:1-6, 9-12

 

I get excited when I read in verse 1 about the way the people eagerly asked Ezra to read God’s Word to them. They also listened to Ezra read from daybreak until noon, and they did this “day after day” (v. 18). This strong desire for God’s Word, and the people’s repentant response, can only be explained as evidence of the Spirit’s working in their lives. The result was great blessing.

When God revives us, it’s not His intent to leave us grieving and weeping. Instead, when we humble ourselves and pray and seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways, He offers us His joy. That’s the reason Nehemiah told the people to celebrate, saying: “The joy of the Lord is your strength.” Faith in the one true God offers greater joy than anything in this world.

God has joy when He sees us through the blood of Christ. God was “well-pleased” with His Son, and when we think about our happy condition because of Him, that should give us strength to serve and worship Him with all our hearts. When we trust in Christ and know that our salvation is secure, the deep joy this brings makes us want to live for Him all the more, until He comes again! So, when God revives us in Christ, “The joy of the Lord is our strength!”

PRAYER

Gracious God, we thank You for Your work of revival in the past, and we pray that You will renew that work in us, in Your church, and in this world, till Jesus comes again. Amen.