DayBreaks for 2/04/16: What Are You Wearing?
From the DayBreaks archive, February 2006:
Happy feet. That’s a term that could describe the kind of feet that dance and skip – feet that have to move because they are too full of joy and happiness to stand still!
In Psalm 30:11-12, David wrote: You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy, that I might sing praises to you and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever!
There are four key thoughts in this passage:
FIRST: As David puts it in past tense, “You HAVE turned my mourning into joyful dancing.” That this is in the past tense is significant: it isn’t some blissful state in the future that David anticipates, but a present reality in his life. It wasn’t something that he had to wait for until after he was dead – it was a blessing that he was enjoying as he went through this life.
SECOND: not only did God wipe away the tears of David’s mourning, he took David’s sackcloth away. Sackcloth was the clothing of mourning, and the fact that God has taken it away and clothed David with joy is a beautiful picture. The clothes of mourning don’t belong to David any longer – they can’t be found in his closet any longer – they’ve been replaced with the garments of joy!
THIRD: there was a purpose that God took away the sackcloth and gave David happy feet – it was so David would no longer be held captive by the silent suffering of mourning, but so that he could sing praises to God and give Him glory! Notice who David said he would sing the praises to: “to You”, not to hundreds or thousands of people. It is God that should hear our praises of His greatness. We sometimes think that God heals our hurts and pains just because He wants us to feel better. And while that may be true, there is always a bigger and greater purpose to God’s actions than just relieving us – it is to bring glory to Himself.
FOURTH: when we begin to praise God regularly, it leads us to thankfulness – a thankfulness that is never-ending.
Joy has a need to be expressed. How is it being expressed in my life? Am I clothed with joy or with sullenness and despair? And when I am clothed with joy, do I take time to think of Him and thank Him?
Let’s try to visualize ourselves clothed in joy – the joy of the Lord – and to praise him. I shouldn’t do it to see what kind of reaction it draws from those around me, or to have an impact on them (although that may happen), but I should do it simply to be praising Him.
TODAY’S PRAYER: We have been blessed, Lord, with every spiritual blessing in You. We have everything we need in this life in order to live lives of joy and happiness. We have your blessings here on earth, we have an eternal home secured for us in the heavens, you have set us free from fear of death and the guilt of sin. Father, clothe us in Your joy! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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