Morning devotion: Read Psalm 119

Psalms 119:156  ¶Great are thy tender mercies, O LORD: quicken me according to thy judgments.

Psalms 119:159  ¶Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O LORD, according to thy lovingkindness.

The word quicken is used 26 times in the scriptures. Of those, 11 times it is used here in Psalm 119. David experienced a wonderful quickening of the Lord.

To be quickened is to be made alive, a new birth and new creature in Christ. It is called salvation.

Ephesians 2:1  ¶And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

Ephesians 2:5  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

The sinner is made alive in Christ Jesus the moment he believes in Him.

What then did David mean when he said quicken me? Was he not already saved? Was he not already born again?

Psalms 119:156  ¶Great are thy tender mercies, O LORD: quicken me according to thy judgments.

Psalms 119:159  ¶Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O LORD, according to thy lovingkindness.

Often times, we as Christians become distant from the Lord, we need rejuvenation and we need to be renewed in our walk with Christ. It is through God’s word that we find the encouragement we need.

David wanted to be quickened, made alive again. He said quicken me according to God’s judgments and according to His lovingkindness as taught in His precepts. David knew that to live in the flesh was draining and costly.

Romans 8:8  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 10  ¶And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11  But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. 12  Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13  For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

Today, we call that revival. We want to be revived, made alive again in Christ Jesus.

There is a song we sing called, “Revive Us Again” The last stanza goes like this:

“Revive us again, fill each heart with thy love. May each soul be rekindled with life from above. Hallelujah! Thine the glory! Hallelujah! Amen! Hallelujah! Thine the glory! Revive us again.”  

My dear Christian believer, if you are feeling distant from the Lord Jesus, go to God’s word and draw from Him. Go to the Lord in prayer as David prayed.

Christian, if there is a sin to repent of, do so. If there is a step of faith to take, do so. If there is a challenge of the Lord to accept, do so. If there needs to be a renewal of bible reading, do so. If there needs to be a revival in your prayer life, do so. Go to God, seek His quickening.

Psalms 119:156  ¶Great are thy tender mercies, O LORD: quicken me according to thy judgments.

Psalms 119:159  ¶Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O LORD, according to thy lovingkindness.

Let the Lord quicken you, make you alive again.

If you are not a born-again believer, let the Lord quicken you in salvation by grace through faith in Christ Jesus.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook