“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).
Today's Word from Joel and Victoria
you need a new garment today? I’m not talking about a physical garment.
I’m talking about what’s covering your mind and emotions. Are you
clothed with despair and disappointment? Are you wearing “heaviness”?
If you’ve gone through a hurtful situation, the Bible says there is a
time to grieve, and it’s important to release that hurt to the Lord.
But the Bible also tells us that God wants to give you a garment of
praise instead of a spirit of despair. You can put on a garment of
praise instead of a heavy, burdened spirit. What’s holding you back
today? Are the garments of yesterday weighing you down and holding you
back? The garment of praise is light and filled with peace and joy.
Don’t carry those heavy burdens around anymore! Today is the day for
new garments! Forgive those who have hurt you and begin to praise Him!
Thank God for life today. Thank Him for the beautiful sunrise. Thank
him for restoring you, even if you don’t see it yet. And this verse
says, you will be called an oak of righteousness, strong and secure,
and you will display the splendor of the Lord all the days of your
A Prayer for Today
Father, I come to You today and ask that You take off my old, heavy
garments of despair and heaviness. Make me new today. Give me a garment
of praise so that I can be a display of Your glory and splendor. In
Jesus’ Name. Amen.