Upon returning home after a long day, one of the first things I do is kick off my shoes and get out of the clothes I have been wearing all day. I proceed to put on my “happy clothes” which consist of pajamas, sweats, or anything comfortable. It is not that other attire bothers me. Oftentimes I enjoy dressing up. There is just something to be said for wearing whatever I want in the comfort and privacy of my own home. Sometimes however; whenever I feel stuck in a meh mood, you know, that lack of enthusiasm that can creep in for various reasons such as despair, dimness or solitude, the happy clothes do not seem to accomplish what I desired.
Jesus understands all of our moods and circumstances and provides us relief. Isaiah the prophet told many years prior to His birth how this would occur. He outlines the Messiah’s mission and ministry in Isaiah chapter sixty-one. Verses one through three NKJV state, “The Spirit of the LORD GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” Experiencing the spirit of heaviness during times of waiting many times clouds my vision and detours my thoughts off God. Heaviness here in Hebrew #3544 is keheh meaning feeble and obscure. Feeble refers to lacking physical strength or weariness where obscurity is something unseen, concealed, or not known about. Have you ever felt tired of being overlooked, not chosen, waiting impatiently for a promise, or alone? This is a spirit of heaviness. Thank God we do not have to stay there.
Jesus wants us to CHANGE OUR CLOTHES. He has the perfect outfit to rid us of that spirit of heaviness. Strange as it may sound, it is a garment or robe of praise. A garment or #4594 maateh was a vestment-ceremonial or official robe worn on days of thanksgiving. Praise #8416 t’hillah refers to songs of praise and glory to God for His praiseworthy deeds. Donning the official robe of praise given by the Lord for the Lord’s glory removes the spirit of heaviness. The more we praise Him, the swifter the heaviness leaves. Heaviness cannot stand under praise. Since we know it is not a spirit given from God, but a weapon of the enemy, giving God praise decimates heaviness. How does that look in practical terms? Get into the Word. Encouragement, grace, wisdom, and hope abound in it. Tell God how magnificent He is. Think of every praiseworthy adjective for Him and bless Him. Sing. Even if you are tone deaf, God hears it sweetly as if autotuned by the highest quality equipment. Listen to music that worships God. Sit quietly with Him. Shout for joy regardless if you feel joyful. Anything that gives Him glory and roots you deeper as a tree of righteousness is praising God. When we refuse to do these things, we agree with the enemy to stay in the very place Jesus came to free us from. How do we agree with satan? By succumbing to our feelings instead of doing what Jesus has already told us what works.
CHANGE YOUR CLOTHES right here and now. You do not have to wait until you are behind closed doors. You can undress out of that uncomfortable spirit of heaviness anywhere-in the grocery store, at work, in your car, on an airplane, at school, at church, or at the gym and put on real happy clothes, garments of praise. These garments are not expensive, nor do they wear out. In fact, I am pretty sure we will be wearing them for eternity, so get comfortable in your robe of praise to the Lord.