Revive Your Work, O God


Revive Your work, O God,
Disturb this sleep of death;
Provoke the smold’ring embers now
By Your almighty breath.
Revive Your work, O Lord,
Your mighty arm reveal;
Speak with the voice that wakes the dead,
And make Your people hear.

Revive Your work, O God,
Advance the Word of Christ
And, by Your Holy Spirit’s power,
Cause saving faith to rise.
Revive Your work, O Lord,
Cause calloused hearts to yearn;
And, hungering for the Bread of Life,
To Life, the dead would come.

Revive Your work, O God,
Send us, Your people, out
To share Your Word in every land
With faith and love and power.
Revive Your work, O Lord,
O help Your church to see
The harvest ripe and plentiful;
For You have blessed the seed.

Revive Your work, O God,
Let hearts once dead rejoice;
Let songs and prayers in fullness flow
In praise to You, our Lord.
Revive Your work, O Lord,
And give refreshing showers;
The glory shall be all Your own,
The blessing, Lord, be ours.

The glory shall be all Your own,
The blessing, Lord, be ours.

Original Lyrics by Albert Midlane, 1861. Adapted.
Additional lyrics and Music by Gary Brumley. © 2014 New Moniker Music.
Scripture Ref: Isaiah 53:1, John 6:35, John 4:35, Ephesians 2:1
CCLI Song Number: 7064713



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“I came up with the melody for this song while reflecting on the nature of life spent waiting on the Lord. I had previously heard another musical setting of this beautiful text by Horatius Bonar but felt the melody was too busy for a song about waiting. I started with the idea that the lyric “we are waiting, waiting here” should be sung on a single repeating note with moving chords underneath. I wanted to depict the Christian life of waiting with steadfast hope for the return of the Lord, while the world’s events and our personal circumstances are ever-changing underneath us. I tried to especially capture this feeling in the song’s ending, in which the refrain is drawn out and repeated under slow-moving chords with a rising bass and bit of musical dissonance that finally rests on the word “here.”  May this song remind all who sing it that our citizenship is in heaven, and from it, we await our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” — Gary Brumley

But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit.

(Titus 3:4–5 ESV)

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