Put on a Garment of Praise Instead of a Spirit of Heaviness


Isaiah 61:3 says’ and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.

It’s not always easy when we are hurting that we reach for our garment of praise. Many times, our garment is still in the place we left it from the last time. Many times, putting on our garment of praise can be very difficult in those heated moments of un-certainties. Our minds will tell us to get it but our heart will say how can I put this garment on when I am not in the mood to praise?

We know it’s the best thing for us but we go back and forth with what our mind and heart says. And after a moment of wrestling we give up and try to praise, so we put on the garment and since it has been a while since we had it on, it feels strange to us, we begin to wonder if we are doing it correctly? As if there was a guide-book Manuel to show us how.

But in all our trying something sparks on the inside of us, it feels good to us we remember our experience the last time we wore this garment. We were lifted high above our circumstances and so we remember what God did for us and we find ourselves with the garment of praise wrapped around us.

That thing in which caused us the pain and hurt seem to of left our thoughts our mind is now centered on Christ the Solid Rock. We become lost in the worship and praising of His name.

Oh, Daughter of Zion there is no need for you to mourn anymore, the ashes in which was in your life has now become the beauty of God’s eyes, the tears you cried are now the joy of God’s oil for He has given you gladness. Rise and sing to your Lord Daughters of Zion. For God has met you this day.

 

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