DAILY BIBLE READING:

Jeremiah 26:1–27:22
2 Thessalonians 3:1-18
Psalm 85:1-13
Proverbs 25:16

TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

Psalm 85:6 “Won’t you revive us again, so your people can rejoice in you?”

REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

At our core, all of us essentially want to be happy. A desire for inner joy drives every choice we make. Whether we are determining what to eat, what or wear, or who to marry, each desire is made against the backdrop of wanting to be happy.

However, there are often things that come into our life that try to squelch our happiness. Sometimes, it is stress. Sometimes, it’s loneliness. Sometimes, it’s conflict.

One thing that will rob us of happiness as quickly as anything else is sin. When we violate God’s laws and determine to do what we want to do, we might get a temporary happiness but it works against the inner joy that we could have.

Why? Because we have lost the fellowship with our God that is the primary source of our happiness. We were made to enjoy our God and sin robs us of that happiness.

So, the Psalmist was asking God to restore his happiness. He was asking to be “revived.” That essentially means that he would wake up from his spiritual slumber.

While we can ask God to revive us, there are things that we must do for ourselves. We must search out unconfessed sin in our minds and hearts and make it right. If there is a wrong that we have done to someone else, we need to make it right. If we have temporarily stopped reading our Bibles or praying, then we need to begin engaging in those vital activities again.

We were made to enjoy our God. We crave to be happy. Ultimately, that happiness is met in relationship with God when we have a clear conscience. Are you enjoying that happiness right now? If not, you may need to join the Psalmist in praying for personal revival.