Will you not revive us again: that your people may rejoice in you?
I. THE CAUSES.
1. Remissness in secret duty.
2. Inattention to God's word.
3. Neglect of self-examination.
4. Allowed indulgence of some favourite sin.
5. Indifference to public means.
II. THE MEANS OF SPIRITUAL REVIVAL.
1. Recollect yourselves.
2. Humble yourselves.
3. Surrender yourselves anew to the Lord.
4. Give yourselves unto extraordinary prayer.
5. Attend with constancy the public means.
6. Apply to yourselves what you hear and read of God's Word.
III. THE ADVANTAGE OF A REVIVED AND CHEERFUL STATE OF MIND.
1. To ourselves. A new impulse will be given to our religious feeling and affections.
2. Others will share the advantage of our revival. Seeing how lowly, how forbearing, how kind, how cheerful, the followers of Jesus can be; they will be constrained to think favourably of that gracious Lord who "taketh pleasure in the prosperity of His servants," and to allow the excellency of that religion which can make a fallen sinful creature so holy, so contented, so happy. Saints will be edified; timid professors encouraged; mockers silenced; and sinners convinced and won to the love and practice of piety.
3. The Lord Jesus Christ will be magnified by our liveliness and zeal in His service.
Parallel VersesKJV: Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?