Reader, as we start this study, I have a need to define three words used within this text. The first is “vanity” which means, “anything worthless, of no value.” The next word is “quicken” which means, “to restore or revive to a former condition.” The last word is “fear.” We have two usages and two definitions. The usage in (v 37) means “to reverence morally.” The other usage of “fear” used in (v 39) means “to fear, to be afraid.” With these definitions in mind, the context of this Devotion can be settled.
In all these verses, our Psalmist is begging God to change him. He wants to be as he once had been. (Now he is asking for Revival.) My notion is that the Psalmist may have determined he had backslidden to some degree and was desirous of returning (being revived) to his previous way.
What we need to comprehend is that neither God nor His Son Jesus will make us change. By The Cross, God has provided a way to Him for each man, woman, and child. (He sent His Son to The Cross, to bleed and die for the sins of ALL humanity.)
Yet, many seem to apply a notion that “if they are good,” and “do many good works in His name,” salvation will be given.
God teaches through His “[E]Stablish[ed] Word,” The King James Bible, that we as individuals must decide through conviction that we are desirous of being a Christian. He will help us, but in order to be a Christian we and we alone must decide He is what we want.
So many of us use the old saying coined by Flip
many years ago, “The Devil Made Me Do
It.” No, the devil didn’t. You and I make the decision to sin. (I cannot say God made me become a Christian,
yet I know when I finally decided to accept Him, He readily accepted me, (this
wretched old fool, into His Loving Arms.) Wilson
Jesus came to earth as a man for only one purpose, and that was to save the lost sinner from his sin and an inevitable hell.
In order to “Revive” in a spiritual sense, we must have been “Vive[d]” at one time. (Vive = lively, in the Lord, to have previously known.)
In your lifetime, if you cannot say, “I have accepted Jesus Christ as my Personal Saviour,” you are not a candidate for “Revival.” We must believe He (Jesus) is the Son of God, and that God has raised Him from the grave. Without that belief, at some point you will hear, “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
Accept Him today in simple, honest, sincere belief.
Bro John R. E Chastain