Going Deeper with God: Psalm 119:107
Today I want to start a three weeks series entitled “The Quickening of the Spirit by the Power of God’s Word.” We will be looking at Psalm 119:107 for the scripture to guide us through this short study. The scripture says, “…quicken me, O Lord, according unto thy word.”
The key word that we see in this scripture and a word that we need to look at before going any deeper with the subject is “quicken” or “quickening” in other translations of scripture. The word “quicken” means to give life, to preserve life, and to be made alive. This word really covers all our basic needs because as people we need to receive life and we need that life, once given, to be preserved. We receive life initially at the time of our conversion. That is becoming a child of God. And then we need our life to be preserved and continued, which refers to God’s work of sanctification in our life.
There are two things we must start with to understand the quickening of the Spirit. First, the Holy Spirit is the one who GIVES LIFE, or “quickens” us. In John 6:63 we see, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” We also see in 2 Peter 3:18, “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.”
The second thing to understand is that the Word of God is the INSTRUMENT the Holy Spirit uses to accomplish His “quickening” work. Romans 4:17 says, “(As it is written, I have made you a father of many nations,) before Him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead and calleth those things which be not as though they were.” Also see Romans 8:11 for further study. With these two basic understandings of the Holy Spirit’s work in our life, we can see the first couple of points about how the Word of God is used to “quicken” us.
First, it is through God’s Word that the Holy Spirit quickens us with new life, so that we become partakers of the divine nature. Ephesians 2:1 tells us that we are by nature spiritually dead, and that when the miracle of the new birth takes place we are born again by the quickening work of the Holy Spirit.
We also learn from 1 Peter 1:23 and 2 Peter 1:4 that the Word of God is the instrument used by the Holy Spirit “…that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature…”; it is the “seed” of the new life which is dropped into our souls and which makes us ”alive to God” (Romans 6:11).
As a Christian that is born again (John 3:3, 6, 8) we should also be reminded that we receive the new life of the risen Lord (John 1:12-13).
Secondly, it is through God’s Word that the Holy Spirit quickens us in our desires to pray and guides our praying. It is the wooing and drawing of the Holy Spirit that prompts us to pray and receive salvation. It is also the Holy Spirit that prompts us to continue to pray. That is exactly what we see when we look at Paul the Apostle’s conversion account on the road to Damascus in Acts 9:9-11. It says that immediately after his conversion, and as an evidence that he really had been converted, Saul of Tarsus prayed (verse 11)! He didn’t speak in tongues or do anything like that, he prayed! As a child of God, p[rayer should come naturally and is a byproduct of salvation.
As Christians we should be conscious of the Holy Spirit within us urging us to pray. He leads us to the place of prayer and then He shows us how to pray (Romans 8:26-27).
As you walk with the Lord, as a child of God, embrace the new life that you have found in Christ and seek to grow it and nurture it to be all you can be for Him. At First Baptist Church, we want to help as you walk along this journey of faith. We are here for you and would love for you to reach out to us, if there is anything we can do to help you through this time. We will have our first “in-person” church service on Sunday, May 31st at 10:45am and we would love for you to come and join with us as we worship the Lord together in the church building for the first time in over two months. We have all the precautions in place to keep everyone safe. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us through Facebook, email, or by phone. Our physical address is 715 N. 2nd St. Timpson, TX 75975. Our email is FirstBCTimpson@yahoo.com and our phone number is 936.254.2220.
Bro. W. Dee Daniel, Pastor