Love God Greatly


It stirs up strong feelings of desire for me. In Psalm 119:25,  it says, “My soul cleaves to the dust; Revive me according to your Word.” In other versions it uses words like “quicken” and “give me life,” but revive brings about a beautiful word picture.

Revive means making alive, keeping alive, and giving more life.

I don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty good to me right about now!

Here in Uganda, we really have only two seasons: rainy and dry. But since the kids’ school schedule lines up with the US, we still call the school break “summer.” So we are on summer break. And there is no better time to sit before the Lord than when schedules are just a bit slower. So this summer, I am asking the Lord, “Revive Me! Revive me according to Your Word!”

Why do we need reviving?

In verse 37, David reminds us to “turn our eyes from looking at vanity.” I don’t know about you, but my eyes could use a turning back to His Word.

Two things in my life cause me to turn my eyes:

One is my own sin…

Chasing after things of this world that do not satisfy and turning to them rather than to God and His Word. Oh yes, these things are small – like certain television shows or engaging in gossip with a friend, but as the Ugandans say, “slowly by slowly” my eyes are turned toward the vanity of the world instead of loving and feeding on God’s Word.

Then there are the stories of the world’s vanity…

They bombard me, worry me, sicken me, and turn my focus away from trusting God. When I look at the world getting caught up in its own vanity, I get discouraged – rather than encouraged – by God’s story.

As Charles Spurgeon says, “We have nothing to do with this vain world! We are not citizens of this land!”

So let me ask you: Do you and I live this way? Do we live as citizens of another land? Or instead, do we keep our eyes turned toward the vanity of this world, telling ourselves that it is okay; it’s just a little bit; it’s no big deal? Yes, we are in the world, but we are not to be of it.

It is time to be revived, sisters! 

Let this be our prayer:

-Revive me according to Your Word. v.25

-Revive me in Your ways. v.37

-Revive me in Your righteousness. v.40

-May Your lovingkindness also come to me, O Lord. v.41

-I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes. v.48

O Lord, we pray that you would revive us, your daughters. Thank you for Your Word, which is living and active. We are sorry for turning our eyes toward vanity. Forgive us, and turn our eyes back to You and Your Word. We want to love Your Word. Give us fervent love for Your Word. Give us love for Your commandments. Help us to meditate on Your statutes. Let this summer be a time of reviving our hearts. Amen.

I want to hear from you in the comments. What has been turning your eyes toward vanity? And are you going to join me and ask the Lord to be revived?

With love from Uganda,

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Joy Forney

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