The entire thing was coming apart at the seams! I flipped the tag over and read, HAND WASH COLD. LAY FLAT TO DRY. Hmm, I neglected to read the care instructions. My favorite blouse was battered in the washing machine and then tossed into a gymnastic event in the dryer. No wonder it was a hot mess.
I was disappointed as I tossed my lovely blouse in the trash bin. I’ll follow the care instructions next time.
The disappointment was fleeting. I’d had a lifetime of serious disappointments, devastation and hardship. Haven’t we all? Isaiah 61:3 tells us The Lord gives us beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, and clothes us in a garment of praise for a spirit of heaviness.
It can be hard to praise God when we’re in the middle of turmoil but that’s when we need to wear the garment of praise the most because He dwells among the praises of His people. Begin to praise Him because He pardons our sins. Because He is a promise-keeper. Because He is worthy!
When we receive His mercy and grace, our heart overflows with praise!
What happens when we praise God? In the book of Joshua 6:1-21 The walls of Jericho came crashing down! In the book of Acts 16:25-26 Prison doors shook open and chains fell loose for Paul and Silas! Miracles happen when we praise God!
If our garment of praise had a care instruction tag I wonder what it would say?
Psalm 34:1 Praise Him continually
Psalm 92:1 Sing praises to His name
Psalm 100:4 Enter His courts with praise
Psalm 138:1 Praise Him with my whole heart
I want to wear the garment of praise, don’t you!