The saint of God needs revival. It can be a personal need or a national need (a need for revival within any group of which a saint is a member): such as a family, a church body, or, literally, a nation among whom we live. Revival of the national kind is the revival desired by the writer of the 85th Psalm. He prays, Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people my rejoice in thee (Psalm 85:6)? The cause of God's anger was not the fault of the saint praying. This dear saint recognized that God had turned himself from the fierceness of his anger (Psalm 85:3). He had forgiven the iniquity of his people, having covered all their sin (Psalm 85:2). Yet, the Lord is angry with the generations that refuse to recognize what this saint knows: there are generations that refuse to acknowledge the mercy God has provided through his only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ died for the sins of the whole world. We have been bought with a price; yet, we must repent of our dead works and received the gift of God's Son! God's promise is to all: Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else (Isaiah 45:22).
After pleading with the Lord to show the us mercy and to grant us salvation, the Psalmist turns and declares what he will personally do while he waits on the revival for which he prays: I will hear what God the Lord will speak (Psalm 85:8). Not what men say; not what the talk shows discuss; not what the devil whispers. He will hear, Thus saith the Lord! In his burden for revival, in this need for revival, God the Lord will speak (1) peace unto his people and to his saints (Psalm 85:8). (2) God will warn his saints not to return to folly, but to walk before him in fear (Psalm 85:8b-9). Not the fear of the wrath of God. No! In Christ we have the forgiveness of sins (Colossians 1:14). But the fear of a reverence for the One who loved us so. Like our Saviour, God hears our prayers in that we fear him so (Hebrews 5:7). (3) God will witness to his saints that his salvation is near them that fear him (Psalm 85:9). (4) The Lord will remind us of truth springing out of the earth because mercy and truth are met together, of righteousness looking down from heaven because righteousness and peace have kissed each other (Psalm 85:10-11). Christ, who is truth, came into the world in the form of man, that the Spirit of Christ might be poured out among men! (5) the psalmist will be reminded that the Lord shall give that which is good (Psalm 85:12).
Waiting on revival? Follow the Psalmist's example and listen to God the Lord!