“Thy Word Hath Quickened Me”
By F. F. Bosworth
The psalmist prayed, “Quicken Thou me according to Thy Word” (Psa. 119:25). To be quickened “according” to God’s Word, means to be full of His life in every part of our complex being, body, soul and spirit.
God has made Christ the treasury of all that God is. In Christ is the “fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Col. 2:9). Scripture teaches us Christ is the Vine and we are the branches, and the branches can be filled with everything the Vine contains (John 15). The abiding branch not only has life, but is full of life all the time. Paul says, the Spirit will “also quicken your mortal bodies” (Rom. 8:11), and in Second Corinthians 4:11 we have the words, “...that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.” If you are weak or weary in body or mind, look to the Divine Quickener to quicken your mortal body.
“Quicken Thou Me”
Let us pray each day, “Quicken Thou me – give me more of Thy life – according to Thy Word.” Let this prayer be your first prayer every day, for it is the condition of a thousand other blessings. It is the Spirit “that quickeneth” (John 6:63), and it is God’s way of fulfilling in you “all the good pleasure of His goodness” (2 Thes. 1:11).
The Holy Spirit, in Greek, is called “Paraclete” which means “a Helper alongside.” It is the helping office of the Holy Spirit to quicken us to the extent that everything God has revealed in His Word concerning us, shall be fulfilled in us – that we might in all things be more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
The psalmist declares, “Thy Word hath quickened me.” The Spirit quickens us according to our faith in God’s Word. God’s words “are spirit and…life” to accomplish in us all they reveal (John 6:63). When we pray to be quickened “according to [His] Word” we know that we are praying according to His will as revealed in His Word, and can therefore obtain the answer.
“According to [His] Word,” means according to both His promises and His commands. What a glorious privilege it is that whenever we feel the least lack, we can pray the Giver of all Life, “Quicken Thou me – give me more, according to Thy Word, more life, more endurance, more strength!”
We need this spiritual quickening each day. While on earth, Jesus said, “...Come unto Me and drink” (John 7:37), and from heaven He is still saying in the last chapter of the Bible, “Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely” (Rev. 22:17).
In each of us Christ wants to be an inexhaustible fountain of life within, springing up and flowing out in “rivers of living water” (John 7:38).