In 1833 Daniel Webster Whittle penned the above words as the climax to the hymn There Shall Be Showers of Blessing. These words and its melody filled my mind the other day when I was reading Ezekiel 34. Ezekiel had been declaring a message that the Lord was about to pour out his wrath by dispersing his people into exile. Prior to this exile, God gave a message of comfort by declaring that he would draw back his people out of exile.
And I will make them and the places all around my hill a blessing, and I will send down the showers in their season; they shall be showers of blessing.
Whittle brilliantly expressed the heart of what should be our plea before God. We realize that we receive drops of blessing from the Lord’s merciful hand. But what we desire most is that God rain down on us the showers of his blessing. Like when God opened the windows of heaven to pour out physical rain in the time of Noah, may the Lord open up the windows to release his outpouring of blessing.
This is the plea for revival. Oh, that God would do it again.