Pastor Tim Romero
2 minutes reading time (416 words)
Psalm 30:11–12 (ESV): "11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, 12 that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!"
More times than not the trials we face are self-inflicted. We say, do or act in the wrong way causing difficulty and pain for ourselves. We can easily fall into the pity party mentality asking God. "How could you let this happen." Taking responsibility and confessing your wrong is where healing begins.
When David went to Kirjath-jearim to bring the Ark back to Jerusalem he was met with sadness for Uzzah had died after touching the Ark to keep it from falling. He had acted foolishly and brought 30,000 soldiers to usher the Ark in and thus was denied. David left the Ark in Obed-edom and returned home mourning.
After some time David decided it was again time to bring the Ark back, but in the right way. He brought the Levites just as Moses had prescribed (1 Chron 15:15) for only they could carry the Ark. David's mourning was turned to dancing. His sadness was turned to gladness by simple obedience to the Word.
You might be surprised to know that obedience to God is where true joy and lasting contentment reside. When we try and do life in our own flesh we bring nothing but heartache upon ourselves but when we follow the Lord according to His Word we find joy, peace, and comfort even in difficulty.
If you are mourning today because of a bad decision turn to the Lord, confess it and turn away from that decision and watch God turn your mourning into dancing. He might not take all the consequences away but He will certainly change your attitude and mindset. Trade in your sackcloth today for garments of gladness and praise God for infinite chances!
Father, we praise You for who You are today. You alone are sovereign and only You deserve our worship. Forgive us for trying to do life on our own. Turn our hearts away from what we think is best and help us to follow Your Word. We confess and turn away from that which is not of You and ask that You restore the joy of our salvation. Turn our mourning to dancing, our sadness to gladness we pray in Jesus' name, amen!