Grace and peace be unto you.
How often do you praise the Lord when you are in despair? The Lord has given us his Holy Spirit who leads us into all truth (John 16:13). One such truth is that we have a garment of praise for despair (Isaiah 61:3). A garment of praise means gladness and thankfulness to God.
When we study and meditate on this verse, the Holy Spirit brings it to our memory when necessary. He not only reminds us to praise God but gives us the strength to do so. Scripture says, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). When you do not have the strength or desire to praise God, ask the Holy Spirit to help you.
The story is told that Paul and Silas were flogged and innocently jailed, yet still, at midnight, they were singing hymns and praying to God (Acts 16:23-25). Paul and Silas knew that they were endowed with a garment of praise. As a result, they praised God amidst their pain and unjust situation. Our garment of praise is not linked to favorable conditions, instead, it is to be used in every situation. The psalmist says, “I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises” (Psalm 34:1).
Heavenly Father, please help us to accept our garment of praise and use it frequently. In Jesus Name, Amen.