Friday, August 17, 2012
Today’s Topic: Prepare for Revival
Today’s Text: Psalm 93:1-5 (ESV)
1 The LORD reigns; he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed; he has put on strength as his belt. Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved. 2 Your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting. 3 The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their roaring. 4 Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the LORD on high is mighty! 5 Your decrees are very trustworthy; holiness befits your house, O LORD, forevermore.
Last night the worship leader of our church came over for a quick visit. The combination of reasons that brought him to my house was used by the Holy Spirit to teach me an important lesson.
Earlier that day I had texted him to see if we could get together, and he told me he was tied up at a golf tournament all day. When he mentioned the name of the celebrity that was going to be there my mind immediately went to my brother and my best friend and I knew I had to do something. So I rushed out of the office and ran to a local sporting goods store to pick up a couple of small footballs and a Sharpie. From there I went to the golf course and met Matt who was just preparing to go out onto the course. I made it just in time. I gave him the footballs and the Sharpie and he said he would do his best.
Reason number one for Matt to be at my house – to deliver the two small Chicago Bears footballs autographed by Mike Ditka.
I was pumped. What a thrill it will be for me to give those footballs to my brother and best friend. That was cool!
As Matt came into the house and handed me the footballs, he had his phone in his hand and asked me if I would listen to a song with him. Matt’s been going through some tough stuff lately, and worship music has been the place where the Lord ministers to his heart and keeps him strong. He wanted to share a song and have us worship together right there in my living room. So we did. Here’s the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgL6_ylz8io
We cried as we hummed and harmonized. We talked about what Satan was trying to do to destroy the work of Jesus in our lives and in our church. We prayed. We worshipped.
Reason number two for Matt to be at my house – to keep all of life’s fun things in a proper perspective. They are NOT anywhere as important as our spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ and our constant worship of Him. He is amazing!
Then Matt shared an idea with me. He wants to have a night of worship at our church on September 8th. That’s the night Travis and Paula Barton, missionaries to Mexico from our church, will be there for a pizza and fellowship supper. Travis is also a worship leader and has written some incredible songs. We will eat together, laugh together, hear stories from the mission field, and then close the night with an extended time of worship and prayer. In Matt’s own words he explains his vision for that evening – I want that Saturday night worship event to be so Christ focused that Satan will scram. Right now he is attacking us because we are doing great and mighty things for our Savior Jesus Christ. We are about to build a new building to reach more people for Christ. The following Sunday, September 9th we will be kicking off Sunday school and the events that surround the school year. All of our college students will be coming back and this night of worship would be an awesome night to have the people at Calvary adopt their new student. So many exciting things happening, and music…our worship will be in the middle of it all.
Reason number three for Matt to be at my house – to cast the vision for a united church in worship and ministry, equipped by the Holy Spirit to accomplish the commission given to us by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to go into all the world and make disciples by sharing the Gospel with them.
Now, go back and read Psalm 93. Five short yet powerful verses that describe the revival that is about to happen in our midst if God’s people will come together and seek His face with all their hearts, setting aside the fun things of life for the greater and grander glory of God. Here’s what it will look like:
- God reigning in majesty in every area or our lives
- God’s strength and power being displayed in all the circumstances of our lives
- His Kingdom, not the kingdom of man, will be revealed
- Opposition (the seas) is overcome by the might of the Lord on high.
- The Word of God (His statutes) is honored and valued above all other words of man.
- Holiness becomes the primary passion of our lives and will adorn the house of God
Get ready. Get committed. Get on your knees. Revival of God’s people is coming. He is amazing!