Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? (Psalm 85:6)
Perhaps the greatest mistake we can make with the Bible is to confine its witness to the past—to see stories like God parting the Red Sea or bringing down Jericho’s walls as relics we admire from a distance as we tour a museum of theological history. Yet God’s Word is too often treated this way.
The Scriptures are not a mere record of God’s past doings.
Instead they must be understood as “a roadmap showing us the way into neglected or even forgotten glories of the living God,” as Ray Ortlund puts it.
God hasn’t changed His program.
He still takes down giants. He still reduces the enemy’s towering walls to rubble. He still parts seas to liberate His people. He has not stopped raising the dead. When we come to church believing this, we will come primed to receive More Jesus.
We see this borne out in Psalm 85. The psalmist, remembering God’s past doings—“You restored the fortunes of Jacob” (v. 1)—is compelled to pray: “Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?” Notice that his remembrance isn’t motionless. Instead, it compels him to ask God to move powerfully once again. So should our posture be when we come to worship Him.
Knowing what God did in times past, we must ask Him to do it once again—to tear down walls and bring freedom, victory, and new life in Christ.
If LifePoint will be devoted to this kind of praying, we may just attract a move of God. That’s the key to More Jesus among us.
FOR PRAYER AND REFLECTION:
- When reading Scripture, do you ever feel a distance between God’s past actions and your present experience of Him? Why or why not? Pray that God would pour out More Jesus in your heart and life today. You may want to listen to the song More to Come (below) and let its lyrics prompt you to pray.
- How often do you pray for LifePoint? Prayer is the first act of love and the first labor of mission. How might you cultivate a deeper prayer life, specifically as it pertains to LifePoint Church? What might you pray for?
- Have you ever thought about how your participation in LifePoint’s worship gatherings can move the church toward More Jesus? Pray that God’s love would compel each person to joyfully participate on Sunday mornings, beginning with you. Ask that He would help you to model joyful participation in a way that encourages others to do the same. Pray that we would see More Jesus among us as we gather this Sunday.
Set List for Sunday, January 27, 2019:
- Only King Forever (C. Brown, M. Brock, S. Furtick, W. Joye)
- In the Hands of Christ My King (C. Collins, M. Dawes, A. Ivey, B. Land)
- Come Thou Fount (R. Robinson)
- More to Come (J. Ingram, K. Stanfill, P. Wickham, B. Younker)
- Jesus Lifted High (A. Ivey, M. Dawes)