Wear a Garment of Praise

“Provide for those who grieve…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” (Isaiah 61:3, NIV)

Have you ever dressed a physical infected wound? At times it looks fierce and angry much like the turbulence of the ocean. Red and inflamed like the distress of the sky. Then when the healing begins you see a calm like a pair of ducks nesting by the still of a lake. And out of the clear blue sky comes the sight of healing and calms the nerves and stills all fears.

Much like a physical infected wound we find ourselves or others in great distress causing our minds and emotions to be dressed in despair and disappointment. Our minds and emotions are churning like the storm of the sea, tossed to and fro without an oar, or ounce of hope. Jesus quotes in Luke 4:18,19 the same words given by Isaiah and saying, “the time of the Lord’s favor has come.”

Therefore, put on ‘a garment of praise’ for the spirit of heaviness. Lift up your voice to God! Sing, pray and give thanks to Him while opportunities of ‘God’s favor’ continue to knock on your mind’s door. Look for and swoon with words of praise while watching a sunrise and sunset over the calm ripples of the sea. Wear a garment of praise so the birds of the air can find strong oak trees to nest and feed their young. Let us show forth God’s Glory by dressing an infected soul wound with a ‘balm of Gilead’ ensuing a perfect healing for our hurting hearts.

Yes, if you are mourning today, “the time of the Lord’s favor has come.” Arise and dress and go out and meet your day!

16 thoughts on “Wear a Garment of Praise

  1. What comforting, powerful, prophetic words for those that mourn. God pronouncing/telling us what time it is according to His time clock. Then giving specific instructions as what to do. We step out of ‘our’ time and into His. Ecclesiastes 3 tells us that everything has its time…’a time for every purpose under heaven.’ And when He tells us what time it is through this blog, and we dress out and move in step with it…oh that is such favor and such wonderful provision.

  2. Oh, what beautiful, comforting and inspiring words. Thank the Lord that we were put on this earth with emotions of love and , at times , frustration . Our loved ones are such a blessing to us on this earth. But, as Debbie says, the timing of our passing is in the Lord’s hand. May we always thank the Lord for the love and
    memories afforded us. May we dance and sing to celebrate
    those who have gone to be with the Lord. Thank you again for
    the inspiring words. Praise the Lord.

  3. This made think of a poem –

    Walking in God’s Favor

    Walking hand in hand with my Lord
    Many things have I seen over time
    Many joys and miracles
    Many beauties painted by God’s hand
    Many answered prayers
    Many hurts that seem too much to bear
    Hurts that pull at the heart

    My Jesus is there
    Cheering me on
    Come on now, it’s time
    I’m here
    Entertain joy today He says
    Put a song in your heart and be refreshed

    The race of life for you is not yet finished
    Adventures I hold
    Come I’m excited
    The providental flow of my Father
    is counting on you to take a dip
    Come swim in that river
    Be the difference to another
    aching heart
    Be the difference in this world – this time
    Be who I created you to be
    My special loyal friend
    Loyal to the end

  4. The New Living Translation says: (Isaiah 61:3) “To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory.”

    Thanks for the encouraging Words, from the Bible, Sara.

  5. I love it that God chose oak trees to illustrate His promise of righteousness and strength. Oaks being one of the hardest, strongest woods that there are…so strong that fishing piers that jut way out in the ocean are made from them. And their timbers shore up mines so miners can safely remove the coal we need to keep warm with.
    They stand strong showing us that His splendor is displayed in us when we stand strong when turbulent waves of troubles pound or heavy loads bear down hard.

  6. The Book of Job reads….”When He has tried me I’ll come forth as gold. After the trials and testings are over , after the mourning and sorrowing, after the sadness and grief, if one perseveres throughout all the tribublation, if one has kept the faith and not faltered….then will that person come forth as pure gold.

    Praising God is the Balm in Gilead that heals the grieving heart. Only God knows what’s best for us. If I SAID I trust God with all my heart and yet I have lost my loved one, STILL WILL I TRUST HIM. Still will I praise Him. Still will I obey Him. Praise His holy Name.

  7. Sara’s blog “Bible Quiz-When does one rejoice-” from August 18th, 2009 is encouraging to read also. For though things get difficult we are exhorted to respond: “yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior” (Habakkuk 3:17-18, NIV).”

  8. Yes, that reminds me of Job who said…’though He slay me yet will I serve Him.” God never makes a mistake. He is never surprised by an outcome. He is never caught off-guard and in a quandary…perplexed or doubting about what to do in a situation. How comforting that is to know that though WE are stunned or shocked by an event that affects our lives, gravely, He is not and He knows the end from the beginning.

    Praise God for Who He is and His compassion. He knows how to take care of us in grief, in sorrow, in tests and trials. God never allows more than He knows we can handle with His grace, mercy and guidance.

    “So let us rejoice and be glad and give all the glory unto Him…Alleluia, for the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.”

  9. “No unbelief or distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God” (Romans 4:20, AMP)

    As we continue to pray, give thanks and praise we’re putting our faith into action. Yeah, let’s dress each day in praise! Have you ever noticed ‘faith’ at times seems like a jetliner heading to a much desired location bouncing with joy, peace, happiness, and flying as high as if we were the jetliner ourselves. Then we begin to think or feel unbelief or distrust and we waver as if with jet lag. Our words start to bounce off the wall with an unsteady flow that should have been declared null and void before the gas expelled from the mouth.

    The word of God in above verse didn’t say Abraham didn’t have unbelief or distrust but it does say it did not make him waver concerning the promises of God. LOOK What it did! It made Abraham grow strong. He put some green fertilizer to the trunk of his tree and began to praise God and he was empowered to make claim to all his rights as promised by God!

    “They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor” (Isaiah 61:3, NIV) Are we oaks of righteousness giving out to others or a withered fig tree with nothing to offer to another?

  10. I find it helpful and encouraging that so many of the Psalms helps us to sing, play musical instruments and shout along with them our praise and thanks to the Lord.
    At the end of the book of Psalms, one right after the other from 145 to 150 writes words for us to join along with with such verses as 147: 1 “Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant and praise is beautiful.” …and 150:3-7 “Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with tambourine and dancing,praise him with the strings and flute, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.
    Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.!”

  11. As I was reading this blog, I too thought of Job. I thought of everything that Job went through and yet he never stopped praising God. God was allowing Job to be tested to see if he would pass or fail. I believe God put this book of Job in His Holy Word, for us to study and understand during our stresses in life. God knows what we can endure and what we can’t. He knows us better than we know ourselves. Every situation is a test from God. He is grading us to see how we handle it. #1 Did we study(God’s Word) for our test? #2 What were we focused on in this situation? #3 Who did we talk to about this situation? (Did we call God first or last or at all?) #4 How did we act through the situation? ( Did we act on faith or fear?) #5 Were we patient or impatient with God ? ( Did we give God a specific time to hurry up and fix it and then quickly move to a different solution when we didn’t see Him working ASAP?) We must remember God’s timing is always perfect in every situation. Now did we pass our test or fail it? We can work really hard studing, communicating with our teacher (God), preparing for the next test or we can take the test unprepared. If we are unprepared we will fail out of Heaven. Job passed his test and God knew he would. God knows if we are going to pass or fail. God will never leave us in any situation. He is there to dress and heal our infected wounds. All we have to do is be WILLING AND OBEDIENT and God will do the rest.
    Psalms 18:6 “But in my distress I cried out to the Lord; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reach his ears.”
    Psalms 118:5 “In my distress I prayed to the Lord, and the Lord answered me and set me free.”
    After Job passed his test, God knew what he needed and He provided it for Job.
    Job 36:16″God is leading you away from danger, Job, to a place free from distress. He is setting your table with the best food.”
    We all have been tested in the past and we know we will be tested in the future. How are we preparing? Are we ready for our next “POP QUIZ”, have we studied for our test? Will we ask the Lord to teach us and tuitor us to help us pass or will we ask satan to teach us and tuitor us to help us fail. There are two teachers and there are two grades. How are we prepared?

  12. In the dictionary/concordance of my Bible, here is what it says about Job. Read with me: “Man who feared God and had integrity (Job 1: 1-5); slandered and attacked by satan (Job 1: 6– 2:10); debated suffering with his ‘friends’ (Job 3–37); enlighted by vision of the Lord (Job 38-41); restored to peace and prosperity (Job 42); example of righteousness (Ezek 14: 14, 20); example of endurance in suffering (Jas 5: 11)”

    Now, this sounds like a man prepared for the “pop quiz”! I believe he truly put on the “garment of praise”; instead of the spirit of heaviness!!!

  13. amen to all!

    Chickenfarmer, I have been walking around for the last few weeks while going through a very frightening situation saying, choose faith not fear! You asked “Did we act on faith or fear?” Not sure I always acting on faith.

    Praise is an expression of words. It goes way beyond singing. It is easy to sing songs of praise with my CD’s and professional singers. But when one starts to communicate it seems easy to complaint and not praise. My online dictionary gives nouns..” praise means a great deal to us… approval, acclaim, admiration, approbation, acclamation, plaudits, congratulations, commendation; tribute, accolade, compliment, a pat on the back, panegyric;etc.”

  14. The above comments about Job and praise are really helpful to think about. Makes me picture praise as an enduring garment to be worn by the mouth, actions and deeds. It weathers every season, never grows old and always beautiful to the Lord and others.

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