A merry heart doeth good like a medicine
Sometimes when we feel heavy hearted, a good laugh and a smile really lift our souls!
Similarly at a spiritual level we need to ‘put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.’
The Lord has provided an antidote for the spirit of heaviness.
Isaiah 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
As we begin to praise God and sing to Him the heaviness of heart and soul is lifted from us.
We need to remember that when Paul and Silas were badly whipped, bleeding and thrown in the deepest dungeon they began singing praises to God at midnight.
This act set them free in every sense and even led to the salvation of their jailer and his family!
The Lord has also provided an antidote to sadness in our hearts.
Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
Strong’s: merry 8056. sameach, saw-may'-akh; from H8055; blithe or gleeful: --(be) glad, joyful, (making) merry ([-hearted]), rejoice (-ing).
That smile and laugh can really boost our hearts and souls.
The garment of praise is indeed the answer for the spirit of heaviness!
When we start praising God in difficult circumstances our joy begins to return and as our heart becomes merry with the new wine of the Spirit, so the joy removes the heaviness like a medicine.
Hallelujah, I am going to get my ‘prescription’ my 'medicine' right now, what about you?
Praise the Lord
Remember we walk by faith not by sight or feelings.
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