STRENGTH IN REVIVAL POWER
Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear.”
As we enter into the Fall Season, the nights get darker earlier and the temperatures start to fall as we lose our summer heat and our HVAC starts to be used to keep us warm and comfortable. Our world is also getting darker as global warming impacts weather instability, pandemics and the world's super powers bring war into the news every day. Psalm 27:1 encourages us that God always gives us light and salvation so we do not have to live in fear because God holds our lives in His hand.
We Have Strength in Singing
Exodus 15 gives us the account of Israel being led in singing by Moses and Miriam, his sister, after they had successfully crossed the Red Sea which God had miraculously parted. This allowed the Israelites to walk on dry land and escape the Egyptian army who were pursuing them. They gave praise and worship to God as in verse 2 they proclaim “The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation”. Singing and worship can be a great and powerful tool when we need encouragement and help.
In the 1904 Welsh Revival, large crowds would fill the churches. Singing played a big part in the services and oftentimes, many women would lead the worship in song. The praise and worship would fill the whole church and God’s presence would strengthen every heart. God used the avenue of singing by a woman named Annie Rees to calm a violent situation in a service in Cardiff where a gang of drunks invaded the church and lifted a deacon up in the air and threatened to throw him over the edge of the balcony. The Pastor could only send a desperate cry to the Lord and that was answered immediately. Annie was prompted to sing “Tell mother I’ll be there”. Immediately the drunks were subdued and became sober long before she ended. They sat down to worship with tears in their eyes. The song was about a mother who prayed for her son to be saved and just before she passed away, he came and told her he would be in heaven with her one day as he had become a Christian. God’s presence can calm the most difficult event in our lives. He has become our salvation and strength.
We Have Strength in Prayer
In the account in Nehemiah 8:10 when the walls of Jerusalem were completed and Ezra the priest reads the law to the people congregated and they are all weeping. Nehemiah tells the people not to grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. The people were praying and repenting and Nehemiah reminds them that God is always there to answer our prayers and give us joy and strength. He helped them for many years with the huge task of rebuilding the broken-down walls and restoring the Israelites back as a nation to the land of Israel from the captivity in Babylon.
Prayer played an important part also in the 1904 Welsh Revival. Many women were praying and weeping for their husbands and other members of the family who were alcoholics and depriving their wives of money needed to keep their families fed and clothed. God answered their prayers mightily as many family members came into the services and repented, and gave their lives to Jesus.
As we pray for our families, friends and neighbors to be converted, may our prayers become urgent. In the Revival itself, the women found a freedom in prayer that they had never known previously. Let us be encouraged and pray every day that Revival will come to our area.
Luke 1:37 – “For nothing is impossible with God”. Keep praying and believing and God will give us all strength and joy that will overwhelm us.
New Life Fellowship People