You have turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever. Psalm 30:11-12
In times of pain or sorrow, people will weep and wail, losing all joy in their life. During these times many people will turn to drugs or other things to try and cope with the pain that they are going through. Some will even seek death because the pain and suffering is so great that they feel that life cannot go on.
The things that the world uses to cope with the pain never really solve the problem. With those things there is no hope really given.
David had been going through some painful times and had been weeping and wailing before God for mercy. As he did that God heard his prayers and did help him. He put on new clothes of righteousness that brought about joy in his life. The purpose for the new clothing was to give Him praise and tell others about what God had done.
Believers today often go through difficult times. Sometimes it is brought on by personal sin in their lives, other times it is from other people. They cry out to God for mercy and God still hears to this day.
People can be clothed with the righteousness of Jesus, removing all sin and shame and filling them with everlasting joy. However, this is not just for personal relief, but to be a witness to others. It is to openly give God praise, letting the world know what He has done.
No matter what a person has done, God is there ready to forgive and move forward. He wants His people to filled with His joy being able to sing praises.
God is there today ready to forgive you and remove your dirty old clothes of sin and shame. He is ready to change your wailing to dancing and fill you with His joy that the world cannot understand.
When God pulls you through a difficult situation or has forgiven you of something you have done wrong, be willing to sing praises to Him. Be willing to share that out loud with those around you. Put joy on your face and live in that joy.
Do not stay in sorrow or pain, but accept what God has for you, knowing the hope you have in Jesus of eternal life some day.
I pray today that you will seek God with all of your heart; that you will know the forgiveness God has for you; that God will fill you with His joy; and that you will praise God for His great mercy in your life.