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.
While Ezra was praying and confessing, weeping and throwing himself down before the house of God, a large crowd of Israelites–men, women and children–gathered around him. They too wept bitterly. Ezra 10:1
Every day people are being caught for doing something wrong. Some things are small things, such as speeding, while others are major things, such as murder. Often there is some type of sorrow being showed when the person is caught.
There are two different types of sorrow that get shown. The most common is the sorrow at being caught. People do not always see what they did as being really that bad or something wrong. It is common for people to go down the highway speeding, even though they know the speed limit. When caught, they are sorry they got caught, and then go speeding again.
Others have a true sorrow being shown. They are sorry from the heart at what they had done wrong.
Ezra was showing the second sorrow, sorrow for what they had done wrong as a nation. The people followed him in this sorrow with bitter weeping. They were not just saying that they were sorry, they acted upon their being sorry and made the needed changes.
There are people today who have been confronted by God directly or through others about a sin in their lives. Some are sorry that they got caught, while others are truly sorry for the sin.
Just saying ‘I’m sorry’ does not mean that one is truly sorry for what was done. It may or may not be true. A breaking of the heart shows true sorry. It is realizing that one has broken God’s heart by sinning and how bad that really is. It tears the person up and causes them to weep bitterly and strive to change their ways. It causes them to seek God’s mercy and forgiveness, because they know what they deserve.
As with everyone, you have made some mistakes and sinned against God. You may be confronted with that sin through reading His word, God speaking to you, or someone saying something that reveals it to you.
In that sin being exposed, you have a choice to make. You can regret getting caught, or you can weep and confess the sin. Allow God to break your heart and cause a change in your life. It will bring about true relief and a removal of the sin. Don’t keep hiding the sin, but allow God to forgive you.
I pray today that you will hear God’s voice in your life; that you will truly repent of all sins against God; that you will weep when you have sinned against God; and that you will know God’s mercy and forgiveness of your sins.