Lord, You have turned my mourning into dancing: You have taken away my sackcloth, and clothed me with gladness; to the end that I may sing praise to You and glory in your presence, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto You forever. (Paraphrase mine)
Only the presence of God can make you laugh when you feel like crying your eyes out. Only God can put a dance in your step when you have the weight of the world on your shoulders. Only the Lord can give you peace and quiet in the midst of the storms of life. But just knowing that He can, gives relief to the troubled soul.
David proclaims what has already happened when for some reason he had been in mourning. God turned everything around for him. He had been mourning but now he was dancing. He had been clothed in sackcloth, the attire of those who mourn, but God had clothed him with gladness. He had apparently not been praising the Lord but God changed all that and he was able to praise the Lord with a song and give Him praise with his voice.
Do we sometimes go through long periods of grieving and not even realize what it is that causes us to feel the way we do? Some people have lost loved ones through a tragedy but they have never allowed themselves to grieve or weep for their loss. Their loss is buried so deep in their memory that it seems to be forgotten—but is it? I don’t know if we want to dredge up all of our past hurts but I do believe that we need to ask God to help us to fully be healed of them. He can turn our sorrow into rejoicing; our mourning into dancing (Through the Holy Spirit); and take away our rags of past pain and clothe us with the joy of deliverance.
We will then not be silent but will rejoice with those who rejoice and laugh with those who laugh and praise with those who praise Him. Let us lift up our hearts unto the One Who saved us and has given us life and glorify our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Have a blessed day and rejoice in His presence. Amen and amen.