Christian Living
Replacing Our Torn Garments
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Aug 1, 2017
If God Is In Control, Why Is My Life Such a Mess?


In Isaiah 61, we see the garment of praise contrasted with a "spirit of despair." In the Old Testament, when people felt utter despair, they would rip the fabric of their garments to outwardly show their deep sorrow. Torn clothing was a sign of a broken spirit. When Jacob believed that his son Joseph was dead, "Jacob tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and mourned for his son many days" (Genesis 37:34). Likewise, when David heard a report that his sons had been killed, "The king stood up, tore his clothes and lay down on the ground; and all his attendants stood by with their clothes torn" (2 Samuel 13:31).

Unlike our earthly garments, the garment of praise lasts for eternity.

Though this world still has trouble, we can throw away our torn and wretched garments of sorrow and replace them with God's beautiful garment of praise. When we lift our eyes toward heaven and praise the name of Jesus, He can remove the cloud of discouragement. He can fill us with unspeakable joy. He can change our desires, attitudes, relationships, and perceptions. The garment of praise is the most important piece of clothing that we will ever wear. When we begin wearing our praise garments regularly, we find it easier to shrug off the garments of discouragement, temptation, and hopelessness.

Unlike our earthly garments, the garment of praise lasts for eternity. Our earthly garments show wear and stains; they are vulnerable to moths; they can be stolen by thieves. Our praise garments are permanent and eternal. Jesus warned us, "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" (Matthew 6:19-21).

Prayer: Father, where despair reigns in my life, help me to exchange my sorrow for the eternal garment of praise. Thank You for Your love and grace for me and the honor I have as Your child. You are holy and worthy of all praise. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

"You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy" (Psalm 30:11).