Freya Galindo Guevara
Over the course of our lives, we have all had to go through various situations that have left us feeling discouraged or defeated. They made us feel beaten down, afflicted or worried. Maybe we felt weakened, powerless, or like we had lost all our energy. Many times instead of drawing close to God, we drift further and further away until we end up losing our focus.
To be revived means to give vitality or strength to a person who is weak, or to something that has lost energy. The opposite of reviving is to discourage.
Psalm 119 is well-known for being the longest chapter in the Bible. There are many things one could say about this psalm: it is divided into 22 sections (8 verses each) that are each identified by a letter from the Hebrew alphabet. Throughout the passage there are several terms the writer uses as synonyms for the law of God (word, commands, statutes, judgments, precepts, testimonies). The psalmist makes comparisons between walking in God’s commands and walking in the natural ways of humanity. The psalm also has many praises for the Word of God. These are only a few of the elements of Psalm 119.
The first time we find the word REVIVE (taken from the New American Standard Bible) is in verse 25, which says: “My soul cleaves to the dust; Revive me according to your word.” The word “revive” reappears nine more times through the rest of the Psalm. Other English translations use the word “preserve” or forms of the phrase “give life.” In the NASB, the word “revive” appears 27 times, and 10 of them are in this single psalm!
Maybe “reviving” is not a verb we use frequently when we refer to the scripture. And that made me think: we know the Bible is our instructional guide, our map and our light. But how many times do we proclaim that the Bible has the capability to REVIVE?
If we are discouraged, afflicted, or dejected, if we feel we do not have enough strength or we are weak, do we immediately draw close to the Bible so that God, through his Word, can give us strength, vitality and energy? Maybe we do seek the Bible, but not immediately. Nevertheless, God’s word is the answer! The way the Lord can revive us is if we search for him in his own Word: “I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have revived me” (Ps. 119:93).
The next time you feel discouraged, open your Bible! The words captured there can encourage you and absolutely revive you!