Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth. (Hosea 6:3)
I think that the key to understanding this verse from Hosea is in the word “know,” the “know” that follows the “if.” The apostle Paul wrote that in order to “know” the Lord in the power of His resurrection one must fellowship with Christ in His sufferings being conformed to His death. With regard to this verse from Hosea, I believe that there is a message here that self must die in order for one to “know” by experience the glory and the power of the latter rain end of the age revival.
Along these lines, a sister shared just recently…
“I have been studying the word REVIVE throughout scripture; Isaiah 57:15 has been quickened to me…
For thus says the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
Contrite means pulverized or crushed. This brings an entirely different light and understanding to REVIVAL for me.”
With regard to this, I checked, and “contrite” as it is used in Isaiah 57:15 comes from the Hebrew word “daka” or “dakka’,” which is a transliteration of “דַּכָּא “דַּכָּא in its adjective form means “contrite” or “crushed” (Isaiah 57:15, Psalm 34:19). דַּכָּא as noun means “dust,” as in pulverized (Psalm 90:3).
Now, Psalm 57:17 says that a broken (contrite) spirit and a bruised heart is a pleasing sacrifice to God. This is surely not because our Father enjoys seeing us in pain, but because our brokenness and bruised-ness of heart makes way for a tenderness of heart in us with which God can connect.
Of course, this all about relationship, about bringing us into deeper and deeper intimacy with our Father until we too are ONE in will and purpose with Him, as is Jesus.