“...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.” Isaiah 61: 3 We all face times in our life when we feel like feel like that we cannot lift our hands, lift our heads to praise God because of what we are going through. But I want to encourage you today that you can! You can praise Him in the storm.
You can praise Him when you feel like your world is falling apart.
You can get t h r o u g h whatever it is your are facing if you will just Praise Your Way Through! Let us take a look at what praise is, how we praise and why we wear the garment of praise.
The phrase garment of praise is a metaphor for the gladness and thanksgiving God’s people feel when they are filled with the joy of the Lord. In ancient times, it was customary for a grieving person to wear sackcloth ( Esther 4:1). The garment of praise is the opposite of sackcloth; it is brightly colored raiment indicative of celebration.
Those today who know the joy of the Lord and wear a “garment of praise” are always seeking ways they can honor the Lord. They are busy serving, loving, and praising the Lord for all He is doing in their lives. They want every moment on earth to count for eternity because they have discovered the joy of working hand in hand with God.
It’s obvious that David wore a garment of praise. His psalms are filled with joyful praises, and he urged all of Israel to join him. Despite the devastation that may dominate our past, Jesus can transform our condemnation, hopelessness, and ungratefulness into a garment of praise.
Becoming a person of praise no matter what is going on in our lives actually starts with the decision to put our faith in Jesus The more we think on this, the more thanks we’ll want to give. Soon, a habit of expressing gratitude will take hold in our hearts.
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