REVIVE US AGAIN                                                                           written in 1863

The Story

At first, the words of this hymn may not seem to go together. Is this hymn a prayer for personal revival or a hymn of praise? The first 4 verses are vocal praise to the Triune God… and the natural response is, “Hallelujah!  Thine the glory!” Only the chorus and the last verse seem to match the title, “Revive us again!”

The author of this hymn, William P. Mackay, was a Scottish physician-turned-Presbyterian minister, and he knew what he was doing when he wrote this hymn. It would not be published until 12 years after it was written, and would first have the title, “O Lord, Revive Thy Work”. It is based on Habakkuk 3:2, which combines awe and wonder for the amazing things God has done with a prayer for revival. William was a staunch believer that the Bible means what it says… and this hymn reflects that belief.

Only the revival of God’s people will change the world around us… and we should join the hundreds of thousands of Christians around the world who are praying for revival.

Revival and praise go together… and we should be filled with both!

The Song

Read this hymn, and – today – pray for revival; personal revival, churchwide revival, national revival, and worldwide revival. And, then, praise God for the work He wants to do through His people!

We praise Thee, O God!
For the Son of Thy love; for Jesus Who died, and is now gone above.

Hallelujah!  Thine the glory.
Hallelujah!  Amen.
Hallelujah!  Thine the glory.
Revive us again.

We praise Thee, O God!
For Thy Spirit of light, Who hath shown us our Savior, and scattered our night.

All glory and praise

to the Lamb that was slain; Who hath borne all our sins, and hath cleansed every stain.

All glory and praise
to the God of all grace; Who hast brought us, and sought us, and guided our ways.

Revive us again;
fill each heart with Thy love; may each soul be rekindled with fire from above.


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