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.
The king was shaken. He went up to the room over the gateway and wept. As he went, he said: “O my son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom! If only I had died instead of you–O Absalom, my son, my son!” 2 Samuel 18:33
When an enemy dies, most people will rejoice. They want to see the enemy defeated and pay for what he has done wrong.
Very few people like their enemies and even fewer love their enemies. When the enemy has a major set-back in life or is destroyed, the majority of people are happy about it. The more damage that the enemy had done, the greater the people want the person to pay for it in death or pain and suffering.
David’s son, Absalom, had chosen to fight against David to gain the throne as king of Israel. David and his men had to flee, because Absalom had grown so powerful against David. Despite the problems Absalom had been giving David, he did not want any harm to come to him.
In the process of the battle, Absalom gets killed. When David hears about this, he weeps out loud. He even states that he wishes he would have died instead. David was showing great love for his enemy.
Both those in the world and those in the church will often rejoice at the death of an enemy. They have very little compassion for the enemy. The greater the crimes, the less the compassion.
Jesus was not like that. He wept over the loss of anyone, even the enemy. His love over came the anger against the enemy.
Believers should be just like David and Jesus in showing compassion even for the enemy. At a minimum, it could be seen that a dead enemy, is a person who is lost for eternity from God. They no longer have a chance to serve God and live for eternity.
Allow yourself to be filled with God’s great love, to the point that when an enemy dies or is destroyed, your heart breaks out of love and compassion for the person. You can rejoice at the destruction of spiritual forces, but people are not spiritual forces. People are lost children of God whom God loves and Jesus died on the cross for.
As a believer you are not to be against a person, but against the spirit behind the person. Show your love and compassion to everyone, including your enemies.
I pray today that you will know God’s love and compassion; that you will show God’s love and compassion to others; that you will pray to God for those who are your enemies; and that the world will see God’s love and compassion through you.
When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.” Luke 7:13
As Jesus and His disciples were coming up to a town, He saw a funeral procession occurring. The son of a widow was dead and was being brought out to be buried. The mother was weeping at her loss. Jesus comes up to her and tells her not to cry. He then raises her son from the dead.
Death of someone is something that most people have face at some point in their life. When death occurs, it appears as something final and over. Unless God steps in, there is no life again.
It is a painful time for those who are still alive and a witness of the death. Memories of the person flood the mind. Thoughts about how to move on without that person rise up.
For the majority of people in this world, there is no hope left after a death. Purpose in life seems to come to an end. Joy in life is lost.
God understands death very well, although He Himself has never died. His Son Jesus had died. He knows the pain of losing a son for a time.
However, God does not weep over death. He knows that there is life after death. God has a plan that overrides death in this world.
Believers have something different. Death is never an end or the final say. For every believer that dies there will be a resurrection to an eternal life. The purpose of this life is finally fulfilled as one steps into eternity with God. God overrides the power of death and brings about life.
Along with death, there are many other things that are lost in this life. People often cry over these losses, but God can override every loss. There is purpose and life in Christ Jesus that the world does not understand or have.
When you have a time of loss, of a loved one or something else, turn to God for strength. Seek God for direction in the loss that will honor Him. God will have compassion on you, since He knows the pain of loss.
In the end God has a greater purpose than just losing someone or something. If the person believed in Jesus, you will see him again. He may raise the dead again or replace that loss.
I pray today that God will comfort you in any loss you have had; that you will see God’s purpose in your life; that you will know the gift of salvation to eternal life that Jesus provides; and that you will know God’s compassion for you.