Category Archives: Revival

Psalm 24 – The Path to Revival. [Part 7]

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This is Part 2 in a series, Click here to read [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4] [Part 5] [Part 6]

Yes, before we begin, I know this has been a long time coming, and for that I am sorry, but I did promise to finish this series, and today I am giving you the newest installment. I haven’t forgotten our series on the Lord’s Prayer, and we will see more of that in the next few days, but I wanted to make sure we covered Psalm 24.

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. So far in our study, we have learned a little about the keys to Revival, which is indeed the heart of our church services.

  1. GOD OWNS YOUR CITY
  2. GOD CONTROLS THE WATERS
  3. GOD REQUIRES:  
    1. HOLINESS
    2. WORSHIP
  4. BLESSING & RIGHTEOUSNESS
  5. SEEK HIM

Now let us take a look at the remainder of this chapter. I could have continued our theme of doing two verses at a time, but the last four verses are a classic example of Hebrew Parallelism. The same thought expressed in Verses 7 and 8 are the same as those in 9 and 10. So here are the verses

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 24:7-10

These verses finally move from preparing for Revival, to experiencing it. The gates and doors are opening and the King of Glory is entering. This is awesome, becuase we have learned the keys, but now we are getting to live it out.

So what are these gates and doors? Well, to many, the Term “ancient door” is a reference to the gate in the temple. The Eastern Gate was also often called the Gate beautiful and the Ancient Gate. This was also the Gate that messiah was to come through. The age of messiah would usher in a great time of revival. Now of course we know this is the shift from the Mosaic covenant to the covenant of Christ’s Blood which enabled us to be reconciled to God.

This is an awesome change, but what if there was something more. Now this part is not something I can prove, but I think it goes along with the previous idea. What if David was not simply referencing the physical gates, but the gate of our heart. This gate was closed when man sinned. Our spirit was cut off from God, but David knew that man was going to be reconciled to God, and that we would experience the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

David was famous for speaking to His spirit and His soul. In Psalm 103, he speaks to his Soul commanding it to praise. So, what if beyond simple speaking to the gates of the temple, he was speaking to the gates of the heart. See, in Jerusalem there was a natural temple with gates that Jesus walked into. However, we know that our Body is the temple of the God, and when we open up the gates of our Spirit to the Holy Spirit, He comes into us and dwells in us. Then we being to experience revival in our own life.

However, when we as a community live like this, we open up our community gates to the King of Glory that He can come into our lives and we can experience revival in our community. The King of Glory wants to come in, but He doesn’t just enter anywhere. He dwells in a Holy mountain. He seeks a Holy dwelling in us. That is why Christ has to redeem us and reconcile us to God through His own blood.

So there you have if, after all of this, we can experience the power and presence of God in our life and we can experience Revival in our community. This is the heart of David, not simply to live well, but that God wold dwell amongst us. We are supposed to be of the same heart. To see God dwell in our midst.

As always, comments, and questions are welcomed.

Psalm 24 – The Path to Revival. [Part 6]

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This is Part 2 in a series, Click here to read [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4] [Part 5]

Yes, before we begin, I know this has been a long time coming, and for that I am sorry, but I did promise to finish this series, and today I am giving you the newest installment. I haven’t forgotten our series on the Lord’s Prayer, and we will see more of that in the next few days, but I wanted to make sure we covered Psalm 24.

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. So far in our study, we have learned a little about the keys to Revival, which is indeed the heart of our church services.

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

Let’s continue our study of verses 5 & 6:

“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. ”
Psalm 24:5-6

This one is very interesting. God informs us there is a blessing for us, and also Righteousness. But see right after it, He answers the question from earlier. “Who may ascend the Hill of the Lord?” First He described their character, but then He promises them something, a blessing, and righteousness. But in verse six, He gives us the strongest key to all of it. “This is the generation of those who SEEK HIM.” If you want to ascend the Hill of the Lord, you can remember the previous verses, but then on top of it all, He says “SEEK HIM.”

When we seek the face of God, it will always lead to Worship, and Holiness, and a greater understanding of who God is. Seeing God is a key to all of it. John, who knew Christ better than just about anyone else in the History of the world said this,

Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.
1st John 3:2

Seeing Him is equated to becoming more like Him. When we become more like Him, we learn to live like Him and walk in His power. The more we become like Him, the more we understand His way and His purpose. Think about the example of Jesus. In the gospel of John, Jesus Himself gives us one of the keys to understanding revival.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. ”
John 5:19

See, Jesus, who was God Himself, still was willing to seek His father, and do the things He saw His father doing. If we learn to do the same, we will learn to be more like our father. In Luke chapter 5 it says that Jesus would often retreat to pray, it was in this time of seeking the face of the father that He would get the vision for the ministry. David was much the same. He was a man after God’s heart. When he penned this psalm He was letting us into the secret of His intimacy with God.

So let us look over what we have learned so far:

  1. GOD OWNS YOUR CITY
  2. GOD CONTROLS THE WATERS
  3. GOD REQUIRES:  
    1. HOLINESS
    2. WORSHIP
  4. BLESSING & RIGHTEOUSNESS
  5. SEEK HIM

These keys to revival are much needed in our culture today. I pray that as we study and learn we will continue to grow in our understanding of Revival and see it in our Generation.

Keep your eye out for part seven as we continue working through this awesome passage of scripture and journey towards the Revival that we have been seeking. In the next section, we will discuss the remainder of this chapter and close out our study on Revival. Look for it in the next few days.

Psalm 24 – The Path to Revival. [Part 5]

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This is Part 2 in a series, Click here to read [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4]

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. Let’s continue our study of verses 3 & 4.

“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

The second point that I wanted to spring from this portion of the psalm is that God wants Worship. Worship is more than just a song, or something you do, its a lifestyle of Love. We think of worship as a song, but the song is not the whole of worship, but rather a type and form of worship.

Living a lifestyle of worship prepares us for the Lord. Its a cry from our heart. It is our heart saying we need Him to come closer. That is the theme of this whole passage in Psalm 24. We end with “The King of Glory Shall Come In.” There needs to be a meeting of the heavens and the earth. Let’s look at some scriptures on worship.

“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you…” James 4:8

“Therefore God has highly exalted him [Jesus] and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11

“Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!” Psalms 95:6

I could list scriptures on worship for days and days, but the first one listed is the one most pertinent to this discussion. “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” It shows a coming together. God doesn’t just appear to us, but as we go to Him, He comes to us. It is a convergence.

In psalm 24 we are seeking a convergence of The Heavenly King of Glory in our church / region / lives. So worship is a Key that brings Him closer to us. If we desire more of His presence, we ought to worship more. Worship is a two fold thing, first it draws Him, but more than that it also separates us from our natural mindsets. It shifts our focus to Him.

Worship is a convergence. The Earth and the Heavens collide when we cry out to Abba.

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:  
    1. HOLINESS
    2. WORSHIP

Keep your eye out for part Six as we continue working through this awesome passage of scripture and journey towards the Revival that we have been seeking. In the next section, we will discuss the next two verses. Look for it in the next few days.

Psalm 24 – The Path to Revival. [Part 4]

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This is Part 2 in a series, Click here to read [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3]

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. Let’s continue our study of verses 3 & 4.

“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

In the last portion, we discussed the two keys that are found in these two verses, Worship and Holiness. This point was too big just to give it one little post on the blog, and since I do not want to have you reading book length posts, I decided that I would chunk it down even further. So this post is going to focus on Holiness. This is a real key to revival. Lets begin with a passage in 2nd Corinthians

“…Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE. “Therefore, COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE,” says the Lord. “AND DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN; And I will welcome you. “And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,” Says the Lord Almighty. Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”
2nd Corinthians 6:16-7:1

God has given us a calling to be separated. The word Holy means ‘separate.’ God doesn’t want us to just blend in. God doesn’t want us to just dwell with the world. He is a Jealous God and desires our hearts to be separated for Him. Holiness isn’t nearly as hard as people make it out to be. It isn’t a set of rules and regulations, but rather it is an overflow of Love.

If I love a woman, I will alter my character to please her. If I know she doesn’t like the color green, I will stop wearing green. If I know she loves roses, I will buy her roses. Love makes you alter who you are, because you find that relationship more important than these things.

If we are looking at Holiness as a long list of rights and wrongs we get out of the lover mindset, and fall into the works mindset. We do not live Holy because we have to. It is not the linchpin of our salvation. I live holy because I love God and want to do the things that please His heart. The things that draw Him closer to me. I pursue holiness because I love Christ.

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
Philippians 4:8-9

Paul encourages us to think upon the good things. Not to be focused on the old ways, because if you dwell on God, and separate your mind from things of the world, and even more than just thinking, but practicing the good things, you will have God’s peace. Honestly, I could go through and give many more scriptures, but I do not feel this is something that needs more scripture, but a shift in our hearts. We need the overflowing love for God in our hearts to make us desire holiness.

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:  
    1. HOLINESS
    2. WORSHIP

Keep your eye out for part five as we continue working through this awesome passage of scripture and journey towards the Revival that we have been seeking. In the next section, we will discuss Worship, and how much it blesses the Lord. Look for it in the next few days.

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.

Psalm 24 – The Path to Revival. [Part 2]

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

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 2.

“…For He has founded it upon the seas And established it upon the rivers.” Psalm 24:2

In the first part our theme was GOD OWNS YOUR CITY! But in verse 2, we see the why. It would be simple just to say, “He founded it.” and finish the post, but there is something more in this verse that I think we need to recognize. That is the issue of WATERS! Water is a big issue around the world. From the places where they do not have drinking water, to the lands where crops are dying because of drought.

Water sustains life. Humanity cannot live if we do not have water to drink. Humanity cannot eat if there is no water to cause the crops to grow. Life requires water. By now, you are probably wondering where I am going with this, and I respect that.

If God founded the earth upon the waters, he can bring us the waters. If we are experiencing drought, or we have no water. We need to turn our hearts to Jesus . Lets look at a passage in 2nd Chronicles.

“If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
2nd Chronicles 7:13-14

When we turn to God, who creator the world, founded it on the waters, and owns it, he will help us. When God created mankind, he charged us with keeping the earth. He wants to see us cultivate it, help it grow. So for that to happen we need water. When we keep our covenants with God, when we honor and worship Him, he provides rain.

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

Keep your eye out for part three where we will discuss the third and fourth verses in this passage of scripture.

Psalm 24 – The Path to Revival. [Part 1]

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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. Lets begin with verse 1:

“…The earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it.” Psalm 24:1

This verse is beautiful. It reminds us that The Lord owns everything on the earth. Often times we forget that. We think that because we see the works of the kingdom of darkness that somehow that kingdom owns the earth. But the Bible is very clear that while the Kingdom of darkness has been allowed to operate on the Earth, GOD OWNS IT.

This is most important for us to remember. Too often we look at the city where we live and see all of the problems. We see the drunkenness. We see the loose sexuality. We see poverty. We see divorce. We see a city that has turned its back on the Lord. We call our city hard ground. We identify it by its problems. As though it is owned by Satan and his demons. This is not true.

GOD OWNS YOUR CITY!

When we speak against our city, and discus how the enemy is in control, we are putting ourselves in opposition to God. When we treat our city like it is too far from God for Him to move in our city. We are usurping His power and authority. We talk about the principalities and ruling spirits in our city, and we often are referring to the problems in our city. However, the rule spirit in our city is now and always Has been the HOLY SPIRIT. God allows the darkness to operate in the city because He wants us to partner with Him in establishing righteousness. He allows humanity to choose who they serve, to choose how they live.

GOD OWNS YOUR CITY!

Let’s stop giving authority to the Devil. Lets stop making him out to be all big and bad. 1st John 4 assures us that; “Greater is He who is in us, than he who is in the world.” If this is true, and God is greater, why do we act like our cities are so hard to take. We can see transformation in our city. We can see the people of our city come to Christ… When God steps down into the city everything changes.

I will end part one with a video. It is an Audio Account of the Hebrides revival from Duncan Campbell himself. He shares about the moment when God stepped down from heaven and EVERYTHING CHNAGED. I can only ask you to spare the next 9 minutes of your time to listen to this. I assure you, if you listen, you will hear a life changing message. If we learn from the lessons of our Past leaders, we can see how to experience revival coming to our city. they had something special that we need to see in our lives and ministries.

Duncan Campbell on The Revival in the Hebrides