Revival in the Midst of Trouble
“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me: You will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me.”
Psalm 138:7 NKJV
When I was a boy, one of the first movies I remember watching on a color TV was “The Music Man.” In this movie there is a song called “Ya Got Trouble” where a con man named Harold Hill convinces the town folk to start a marching band because of a brand-new pool hall opening in town. He has no intentions of creating the band but is raising the money so he can take it and skip town. The townsfolk agree and sing the chorus:
Trouble, oh we got trouble,
Right here in River City!
With a capital ‘T’
That rhymes with ‘P’
And that stands for Pool….
Gotta figure out a way
To keep the young ones moral after school!
Trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble….
This musical makes us long for the day when the biggest thing we had to be concerned about was teens playing pool. Today, we got trouble. We got Covid-19, rioting, financial strain, shutdowns, and natural disasters, etc. along with the mental, emotional, and spiritual stress that comes with it. Or as the song goes: “Trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble…” We are surrounded by trouble.
King David reflected on a time in his life when he was in trouble. In Psalm 138:7a, he writes: “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me…” As David walked about and looked around at his circumstances, he realized he was in the middle of trouble. He then prays for God to “revive” him in the midst of trouble.
America is in trouble. The church is in trouble. Families are in trouble. Individual believers are in trouble. Nonbelievers are in trouble too. The adage is true: we are in trouble, just got out of trouble, or trouble is right around the corner.
The thing about trouble is that many pastors, including myself, see trouble as a way to revival. If people will turn from their trouble like David, and turn to God, perhaps revival will take place. September 11, 2001 was such a time of trouble. Many thought for sure that we would see revival. For some people it was a time of spiritual awakening. But for many more, the revival was short lived.
Someone has said that trouble is a steppingstone to revival. This time of prolonged trouble we are in now is another opportunity for people to turn to God, especially the church. We must acknowledge we are in trouble and agree we need to be revived. Perhaps, this time, the spiritual awakening will be prolonged and not short lived.
In the midst of trouble, let’s be a church that seeks to be revived.
I love you and it’s a privilege to be your pastor.