God Is Faithful in Our Seasons of Lament
"You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent LORD my God, I will praise you forever." Psalm 30:11-12
Lament is a part of life. Unfortunately, the baggage sin carries into this world brings sadness, hurt, and wailing. David is writing here about God’s faithfulness in the midst of sadness and sin. He shows us the character of God in the midst of our failures. David here is praising God, not only that He has restored his joy, but He has forgiven his repentant heart.
Sackcloth represents repentance. Someone wanting to show his repentant heart would often wear sackcloth, sit in ashes, and put ashes on top of his head. Sackcloth was a coarse material usually made of black goat’s hair; it was purposefully uncomfortable. God in His faithfulness removes our symbolic sackcloth, our sin, our misfortunes, and clothes us with a joy that can’t be replaced with physical things.
We will go through lamenting seasons of life as a result of sin. Sometimes our lamenting will be a consequence of other people’s actions, and sometimes we will need to grieve our own shortcomings. The good news is God will always restore our joy. God is faithful in the midst of our sorrow, and He is a restorer of our joy. As a result of this, we can praise Him in all seasons of life - through the hard times and through the good times. God is our redeemer, and for that we can rejoice daily!
Father, I thank You that You are a God of restoration. I thank You that You are faithful to not only restore my joy in the rough times but to restore me when I seek your forgiveness. Amen.
Spend time in Psalm 30 this week. What are the characteristics of God you find in this Psalm? Praise God for being the ultimate redeemer.
Chelsi Woods is the coffee-loving Content Manager for Whole Magazine and a writer for the Reformed Outlook. She is a Jesus-loving, tattooed soccer mom to a beautiful, blue-eyed 12-year-old girl and “Choo-Choo” to a 9-year-old nephew and 4-year-old niece. Her hobbies include communicating in gifs, playing guitar, and bad dad jokes. Chelsi’s passionate pursuit is to teach women solid, Biblical truths focused on spiritual growth, loving God with our minds, all while glorifying God and enjoying Him forever.