O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly;
My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water.
Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory. Psalm 63:1-2
These things I remember and I pour out my soul within me.
For I used to go along with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God, With the voice of joy and thanksgiving, a multitude keeping festival. Psalm 42:4
These psalms reflect upon better days for Israel, better days of worship. Some of us have seen better days of worship—when the atmosphere was so rich and thick with the Manifest Presence of God that we could touch it, feel it, see it, even hear the joyful songs of angels, and even, dare I say it, have seen a glory cloud. So powerful we would get on our knees and our faces before the Lord. The convicting power of God was so strong people would flock to get right with God. Those times are the sovereign move of God. Some people try to duplicate it or manufacture it, but only God can do it.
We can pine about those days and end up depressed or complaining, bemoaning the lack of the moving of God today, and blaming it on this thing or that. I have had that tendency to say, “Those were the days!”
Or we can respond like the psalmists:
“Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips will praise You. So I will bless You as long as I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name” (Psalm 63:3-4).
“Why are you [in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him for the help of His presence” (Psalm 42:4).
The psalmists responded with praise, with focus on the lovingkindness of God, with crying out to God to move again, and to respond with hope and expectation that He will. Have you seen God’s power and glory manifested in the past? Don’t despair about the present. Praise God and have hope.
Dallas Willard once said, “Where God has moved before, He would love to do so again.” And so, remember those days with fondness, but don’t get stuck in the past. Pray the prayer of Habakkuk: “Lord, revive Your work in the midst of the years” (Hab 3:2). Let’s pray, “Do it again, Lord” Revive us again.
Revive us again; fill each heart with Thy love. Let each soul be rekindled with fire from above! Hallelujah! Thine the glory; Hallelujah, Amen. Revive us again!