REVIVAL OF THE HEART
A vital part of Old Testament worship revolved around the altar. Ezekiel 43:13-21 gives us a very precise and detailed account of the measurements by which Elohim wanted His altar of sacrifice to be built. He took great pains to make sure the altar was built to His specifications to the most minute detail. Elohim does not do things by happenstance but has ordered all of His work with utmost precision. Creation was a wondrous act, and we are awed by the timing and regularity of the seasons, the calendar, the creation of the different species, and then the creation of man. Even our bodies which are the temple of the Spirit of Elohim is a wonder in itself. And to think Elohim even breathed into the first man the breath of life out of His own being.
Since Elohim thought it so important that the Temple was to be conducted in such an orderly fashion, should we not be as concerned with our conduct and our service toward Him. If the regularity of our walk and the precisness of our worship is any indication of our faithfulness; where do we stand as we examine our lives? When we first began our walk with the Father of Lights, we were so excited and eager to do everything we could to learn about Elohim, and the way He thinks, and what He expects of His servants. But often after many years, disillusionment with others, and a few battle scars, we lose some of our fervor in our worship and service to Him, growing somewhat apathic and indifferent and maybe even careless.
It is time to shake off those bands that have constrained us and let the Spirit of Elohim light the fire in our hearts once again. Do you remember the old hymn that is not sung much nowadays, "Revive us O Yahuwah?" "Wilt Thou not revive us again: that Thy people may rejoice in Thee?" (Psalm 85:6). "For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, Whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones" (Isaiah 57:15).
As we fix our eyes on heavenly places and plead the sure promises of Elohim, we are assured that He will hear us and answer our requests. "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened" (Matthew 7:7-8). "If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?" (Luke 11:11-13).
O, for a revival of Elohim's work in our hearts and lives!