Spirit of Heaviness

I often troll the bible looking for mind-verses. One thing I discovered is there’s no therapy-book like God’s book. It is the book of life because it’s a double-edge sword against thoughts of death. It is a book that buries itself like treasure in your belly when you read it, NEVER to return void. It is the book that, when stored in your heart and uttered aloud, will make the enemy flee. It is a very powerful mental-health resource, and it’s free and accessible to all of us. I was thrilled when I came across Isaiah 61:3. God says He can give, “the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.” To me, this says WITH God, we can exchange heaviness for praise. How? Simple: by praising Him. It sounds intellectual and theological, but I’m neither one of those, so I know this is achievable. We “praise” all the time at sporting events, concerts, ceremonies, birthdays. Praising God is celebrating Him, with emotion and voice, like we do at those aforementioned venues. But unlike those venues, praising God isn’t bound by venues; it’s pure, non-idyllic reverence of the REAL ONLY GOD. On a jog as the sun rises, after a storm when a rainbow pops out, after a prayer is answered, during a song of worship at church, I praise (celebrate, cheer, compliment, thank) God. If you are in a spirit of heaviness, try praising. Exchange your heaviness for His praise. There’s nothing to lose, and like God promises in Isaiah 61, a garment to gain!

 

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