Psa. 110:3 Your people will offer themselves freely
on the day of your power,
in holy garments;
from the womb of the morning,
the dew of your youth will be yours.
Seasons of revival are rare and precious. I remember a picture of John Wesley that was on the wall in the home of one of my teachers in Bible School. Just that picture invoked a fear of God and a longing for revival in my soul. Our teachers and leaders at school spoke often of those days of revival in history that changed our world. Have you ever thought about what revival is really like? What is its purpose from God’s perspective? Jonathan Edwards gives us a glimpse into the heavenly purpose in this short quote.
“God hath had it much on his heart, from all eternity, to glorify his dear and only-begotten Son; and there are some special seasons that he appoints to that end, wherein he comes forth with omnipotent power to fulfill his promise and oath to him. Now these are times of remarkable pouring out of his Spirit, to advance his kingdom; such is a day of his power.”
The whole purpose is to magnify Jesus, the one and only Son of God. David called it “a day of His power”. Jesus become the focus of life when the Lord pours out His Spirit in this way on the earth. Outpouring turns our attention off of His gifts and onto the Lord Himself. Jesus is magnified and hungry hearts are attracted to Him as the source of all life. Edwards also warned about the danger of preconceived ideas about revival that can actually cause us to reject it when it comes. It seldom happens the way we thought it would or should. Here is Edwards’ warning.
“Persons are very ready to be suspicious of what they have not felt themselves. It is to be feared many good men have been guilty of this error. . . . These persons who thus make their own experience their rule of judgment, instead of bowing to the wisdom of God, and yielding to his word as an infallible rule, are guilty of casting a great reflection upon the understanding of the Most High.”
This sounds like the way I was before I was touched by God in 1994. I had some strong opinions about the way it should be and the way it shouldn’t be. Thankfully, the Lord was persistent and broke down my barriers so that I could also enter in to His great outpouring.
THE DAY OF HIS POWER
The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.
The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.
Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.
Life changes drastically when the power goes out. We all learned that lesson in New Orleans in August 2005. Those of us who lived in Southeast Louisiana at that time got a taste of the coming world problems when Hurricane Katrina came for an unexpected visit. We were all going about our normal, everyday activities until suddenly, an unprecedented tragedy in North America was knocking on our doors. Within hours, over a million people began the tedious ordeal of evacuation. We were scattered all over the country over the next weeks and months, separated from our families and friends. We became painfully aware of the importance of power during the unfolding drama, as most of the area lost electric power for weeks, if not months. This problem was compounded by the loss of our cellular network, life changed suddenly and dramatically for many thousands of people. As we see an increase in catastrophic events in our groaning creation, these unpleasant events will become quite common.
This current power crisis, brought on my rising oil prices and nuclear mayhem, emphasizes, in my heart, the even greater crisis we face due to a lack of spiritual power in the churches and in the Christians in our miserably weak, relevant, modern christian community. In today’s verse, David was prophesying about “the day of God’s power”. He related that day to the ministry of Melchizedek, a picture of our heavenly high priest. Jesus is our Melchizedek, the resurrected, glorified, heavenly priest; seated at the Father’s right hand. When Jesus took His place with the Father on His throne, He began to pour out His power on His sons and daughters. We first saw this happen on the day of Pentecost, the beginning of David’s “day of power”. As we see the world groaning in anticipation of the end of the age, the “day of power” is intensifying. These are surely the days of the latter rain of the Holy Spirit, the final outpouring before the return of our Lord. In light of these realities, there is no reason for a Christian to have a spiritual power outage. As we look to our exalted King, at the Father’s right hand, we are flooded daily with His power, and like David said, we will volunteer freely in the day of His power.