While in Kenya recently, I was looking for a new African printed garment. I wanted something I hadnâ€™t seen before. Do you need a new garment today? Iâ€™m not talking about an African or a physical garment. Iâ€™m talking about whatâ€™s covering your mind and emotions.
Question to ponder: are you clothed with despair and disappointment? Are you wearing â€œheaviness?â€ If youâ€™ve gone through a hurtful situation, the Bible says there is a time to grieve, and itâ€™s important to release that hurt to the Lord. But the Bible also tells us that God wants to give us a garment of praise, instead of a spirit of heaviness and despair. Hallelujah!
Today, are you letting the garments of yesterday weigh you down and hold you back? Itâ€™s time for a new garment. The garment of praise is light and filled with peace and joy. Donâ€™t carry those heavy burdens around anymore. Choose to forgive those who have hurt you, and praise God for what Heâ€™s doing in your life today. If nothing else, start praising Him for the beautiful sunrise. Praise Him for restoring you, even if you donâ€™t see it yet. Just like this verse says, you will be as strong and secure as a tall oak tree, displaying His splendour all the days of your life! Make praise a garment and wear it daily.
Provide for those who grieveâ€¦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 splendour.(Isaiah 61:3, NIV)
Pray With Me
Yahweh, I thank You today for my new garment of praise. Father, I come to You today and ask that You take off my old garments of despair and heaviness. God, please make me new. Give me the boldness today to display my garment of praise wherever I go, so that Your glory and splendour may be seen in all areas of my life, in Christâ€™s Name! Amen.