The Thought for the Week this week is written by David Shuttleton

by Susie Jean Sharkey

“Wilt thou not quicken us again: That thy people may rejoice in thee?”–Psalms‬ ‭85:6‬ ‭Revised Version 1885

Recently, as I bowed before God to pray and seek His face early one morning, blanket wrapped around me as I knelt by my bed as I do, the word revival dropped into my head. I tried to concentrate on praying through, but the word came into the forefront of my mind again. I knew then that God was speaking. I was mindful of the fact our beliefs are rigidly based on scripture, being warned of God in the last verses of scripture not to add nor take away from His Word. I then thought around the fact that salvation, Jesus saying we ‘must be born again’, baptism in the Holy Spirit, speaking and singing in tongues, sanctification, holiness, consecration, purity, all the many gifts of the spirit, healings and deliverance, are all mentioned throughout the scriptures. I knew revival was not in scripture yet it is such a core belief and drive in our fellowship, and indeed around the world with all real Christians. How could this be? I thought that perchance it was there at least once but that I had forgotten about it. But deep down I knew revival was not in the bible. To be absolutely sure I turned to the bible App and the ‘search’ option. I keyed in ‘revival’ and several verses popped up. Immediately I scanned the first and saw that revival was not there. I said to myself ‘I knew revival was not in the bible!’

My entire life is consumed with prayer for revival, in fact I feel it is the call of my life, yet it is not in scripture. I was no little confused and perplexed. I read the first verse out of interest and immediately I was hit with a bolt of lightening as the verse was a perfect description of revival! “Turn us again, O LORD God of hosts; Cause thy face to shine, and we shall be saved.”–Psalms‬ ‭80:19‬ ‭RV1885‬‬.

I then eagerly looked at the next one only to find it was another perfect description of revival but from another perspective altogether! “Wilt thou not quicken us again: That thy people may rejoice in thee?”–Psalms‬ ‭85:6‬ ‭RV1885‬‬. And so it was in all of the verses quoted. A huge range of definitions or descriptions of revival, as wide ranging as I could ever have imagined. A core teaching of the bible! 
One of the most beautiful was from Psalm.85:6-10, “Wilt thou not quicken us again: That thy people may rejoice in thee? Shew us thy mercy, O LORD, And grant us thy salvation. I will hear what God the LORD will speak: For he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: But let them not turn again to folly. Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; That glory may dwell in our land. Mercy and truth are met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed each other.” It was as if God was giving me an entire sermon in one moment. 

I knew then that revival was, in fact, in the bible after all.