Jesus has come to give you a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. Isaiah 61:3
There is a garment that has been handcrafted for you. It fits you perfectly. Jesus was anointed for this job. And he took it up with delight. He has been creating a new garment of praise for you. He wants you to put it on.
Just like you wouldn’t go outside without your pants on, don’t go outside without your praise on. Put on this garment that Jesus made for you. Don’t admire it from afar. Actually try it out.
Praise is not just a state of heart, but an action. Most often, it involves the mouth. So, in order to put your praise on, it requires intentional effort in speaking out thanksgiving and worship for who Jesus is. This might feel awkward at first. But make an effort to speak out loud and tell Jesus how much you love him.
Get active in your praise. Use your hands and legs in the process. They are tools of surrender that will help you give a sacrifice of praise (Hebrews 13:15). So jump, clap, dance, sing, shout, speak your praise to God (for other ways, read the Psalms).
This garment of praise is a bit like active wear. So get ready for a work out.
The more vocal you can be with your praise, the more natural it will become. Don’t wait for Sunday to try on your garment of praise. Wear it when you’re by yourself also. Hopelessness and despair will quickly fade as praise wraps itself around you.
In the Comments below, write out a couple short sentences of praise and thanksgiving to Jesus. Practice putting your praise on!
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