Psalm 24 – The Path to Revival. [Part 3]

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This is Part 2 in a series, Click here to read [Part 1] [Part 2]

Psalm 24 is more than just a beautiful song, or passionate scripture. It is a key. Line by line, God is teaching us something through David. Since it is a short passage, I will post the entire passage, and then we will go verse by verse. If we understand the lesson God is speaking here, we might just find ourselves one step closer to revival.

A Psalm of David.
The earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it. For He has founded it upon the seas And established it upon the rivers. Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? And who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood And has not sworn deceitfully. He shall receive a blessing from the LORD And righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is the generation of those who seek Him, Who seek Your face–even Jacob. Selah. Lift up your heads, O gates, And be lifted up, O ancient doors, That the King of glory may come in! Who is the King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, The LORD mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O gates, And lift them up, O ancient doors, That the King of glory may come in! Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah.
Psalm 24:1-10

This passage ends with The King of Glory coming in. This is more or less what we call REVIVAL. All of the great awakenings and revivals of the church have been marked by an increase of the Presence of God. So, if that is the goal, lets see what happens before the King of Glory comes in. If you want to read about verse 1, click here. Let’s continue with verse 3.

“Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? And who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood And has not sworn deceitfully.”
Psalm 24:3-4

So far, we have learned that GOD OWNS YOUR CITY, and that GOD CONTROLS THE WATERS. But in verse three, there is a shift. The first two verses of this passage focus on God. However the next two focus on us. Revival requires more than just God, we need to position ourselves before God. Do you remember the prayer that Messiah taught His disciples to pray?

“…Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’
Matthew 6:9-13

I have emboldened the section that I feel is most relevant to this discussion. In this passage, Messiah teaches us to pray that the Earth experience God’s will and become more like the Kingdom of Heaven. In the book of Revelation, Messiah shows John that one day the two will literally become one. But for now we are left to pray. As we pray, we see glimpses of the Kingdom being established on the earth.

Many of the great revivals began with prayer. They began with people who were dedicated to seeing the Kingdom established in their cities.

For instance, Pastor John Kilpatrick, the Presiding pastor over the Brownsville Revival of the 1990s encouraged his church to pray for revival to come to them for several years before any signs of revival broke out. It was preparation. The church needed to be prepared for revival.

We need to be prepared to meet with the King. God is waiting for us, he actively wants to encounter us in the place of revival, but this requires a different lifestyle. Anyone can be saved, all you need is to believe in your heart and declare with your mouth (Romans 10:10). However revival requires a lifestyle of Holiness. Lets look back at the verses.

“Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? And who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood And has not sworn deceitfully.”
Psalm 24:3-4

If you want to ascend the Hill of the lord, you need clean hands, and a pure heart. You can’t let your soul be given to other Gods. Our God is a jealous lover. He doesn’t want people who are claiming to be married to Him whilst still having a love affair with the world. He wants us to be lovers who are given in to Him fully. Who are separated and living a life of holiness.

It requires preparation to encounter a king. Look at Esther, she was prepared for a full year before she went into the king. 6 months of bathing and cleansing, and 6 months of treatment and oils. You can read about this process in more detail in Esther 2. This is a symbol for us. She had to purify and then put on the incense. For us, this is repentance and prayer followed by worship. One thing I have learned about worship is that God is drawn to pure worship. If you are worshiping Him because you love Him, you are very likely going to see Him come.

I could write a whole blog on that single thought alone and probably still not fully express it, but I promise you, GOD LOVES WORSHIP. He loves to see his Children worship Him. This point is so big that I will continue this thought in the next section.

It is important to remember God’s place and our place. He is our sustainer. He is our Shield and our Buckler. We need to hold fast to Him and all that He is.

  1. GOD OWNS YOUR CITY
  2. GOD CONTROLS THE WATERS
  3. GOD REQUIRES WORSHIP & HOLINESS 

Keep your eye out for part four as we continue working through this awesome passage of scripture and journey towards the Revival that we have been seeking. Part four will continue this thread with a look at holiness. Look for it in the next few days.

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About matreames

I am a Man on a Mission, A Missionary. I worship, I Love the Word, and I love the Glorious Gospel. How can I help you pursue Christ more?

Posted on October 15, 2012, in Religion, Revival and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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