DAY OF HIS POWER
Psa. 110:3 Your people shall be volunteers
In the day of Your power;
In the beauties of holiness, from the womb of the morning,
You have the dew of Your youth.
Revival is one of the most misunderstood concepts of Christianity. Some think that revival is a planned group of services at a church with a guest speaker. Others think that it is the definition of emotionalism and excesses in the church. But for those who have tasted true revival, they would define it as a season where God visited their lives in a very personal and profound way. Jonathan Edwards is considered by many as somewhat of an expert on revival; after all, the Great Awakening effected his church and hundreds of others in the 18th Century revival. Here is something Edwards said about revival.
“God hath had it much on his heart, from all eternity, to glorify his dear and only-begotten Son; and there are some special seasons that he appoints to that end, wherein he comes forth with omnipotent power to fulfill his promise and oath to him. Now these are times of remarkable pouring out of his Spirit, to advance his kingdom; such is a day of his power.”
If you paid close attention you will note that Edwards speaks of specific, special seasons of revival. He described it as a time when The Lord “comes forth with omnipotent power to fulfill His promise.”
Arthur Wallis’ book on revival gives a great definition. Check this out.
“The meaning of any word is determined by its usage. For a definition of revival, we must therefore appeal to the people of God of bygone years, who used the word with consistency of meaning down through the centuries until it began to be used in a lesser and more limited sense in modern times. Numerous writings on the subject that have been preserved to us will confirm that revival is divine intervention in the normal course of spiritual things. It is God revealing Himself to man in awful holiness and irresistible power. It is such a manifest working of God that human personalities are overshadowed and human programs abandoned. It is man retiring into the background because God has taken the field. It is the Lord making bare His holy arm and working in extraordinary power on saint and sinner.”
This is what all our hearts are really hungry for. We long to see God reveal Himself “to man in awful holiness and irresistible power”. After reading Wallis’ definition of revival let me ask the question that is begging to be asked. Have you ever experienced anything remotely familiar to this? If so, that experience will define your life. If the answer is no, then you probably have some preconceived notions of what revival should look like. Don’t be surprised if all of your expectations are wrong. Surprisingly, not everyone is happy when God shows up. Don’t take my word for it, you can ask revivalists who have gone before. You could ask Evan Roberts or Jonathan Edwards or ask Jesus Himself. Each was loved and hated, their lives were signs spoken against.