“So will not we go back from thee: quicken [revive] us, and we will call upon thy name” (Psalm 80:18).
Several times in Psalms, the writer uses the word “quicken,” which is what “revival” really is (e.g., Psalm 71:20; 119:25, 37, 40, 88, 107, 149, 154, 156, 159; 143:11). “Quicken” here means “to live again, to revive, to renew, to refresh, to restore, to repair, to be made whole.” He wasn’t referring to the initial work of salvation, but of God doing a new or fresh work in the hearts of His people.
A great revival came to Wales some years ago. This is how that revival began.
A young girl about fifteen years old was going to a prayer meeting. Filled with the love of God, she wanted to tell others about Jesus, but she was very shy and afraid to break the order of the service.
At last she gained courage. In tears she cried, “Oh, how I love the Lord Jesus Christ!” She repeated it many times.
That night this young girl broke the alabaster box in her simple testimony, and the house was filled with its fragrance. All in that meeting humbled themselves before the Lord. They forgot the time. They were there weeping nearly all night. Something in the very air made the people long to give their hearts to the Lord.
Suddenly, like an unexpected tornado, the Spirit of God swept over the land. Wales was aflame with a mighty revival. The churches were so crowded that hundreds were unable to get in. Meetings lasted from early morning to late night.
Drunkards, gamblers, thieves and infidels were saved. Old debts were paid. Confessions of every kind were made. In the first five weeks of that revival, it is reported that between 20,000 and 30,000 souls were saved, as well as the revival of untold thousands of God’s people.
It all began when a young girl, a teenager, stood up in a meeting, and out of love for her Savior cried, “Oh, how I love the Lord Jesus Christ!”
When I read that, my heart cried out, “Do it again, Lord! Do it again!” Will you join me in praying to that end? Our nation needs revival for survival!