“Sing your hearts out to God . . . The nights of crying your eyes out give way to days of laughter.” -Ps 30:4-5 MSG
This is how I felt at last nights prayer meeting. I listened to the voice of God in my heart, and I heard Him say to me:
“Stop thinking so little of yourself and stop being afraid of your big dream. Stop living in fear of your brothers, ‘Joseph’ (reference to Genesis 37). I have loved you and favored you despite their plans to destroy you. They cannot hurt you anymore, because I have placed a wall of fire around you. When you thought that I had forsaken you, I was completing your foundation. This is your time of promotion. Be thankful. Be joyful again! Awaken that audacious faith you once had. This is your time to shine. This is your season to forgive. Stop crying. Pick yourself up from the floor. Stop doubting yourself, like an abused adolescent. You have my love, you have my wisdom… you have my favor! Show the world what you really have to offer them. You don’t even see the vastness of everything you have inside of you, but you are just about to see it! So stop looking back, stop holding back, stop walking around in sackcloth… Sing your heart out to God! Thank Him to His face! The nights of crying your eyes out are giving way to days of laughter!”
I’m blogging about this very personal moment between God and me, because I assume that there are many others who will benefit from this message!
To rise from the ashes of destruction . . . this is one of the most difficult things to do in life!
Circumstances have a way of locking us into a prison of misery, so that when the winds begin to shift in a new direction, we pass up the breakthrough! I admit it, I’ve been trapped in a horrifying prison cell for more than two years, and I don’t want to stay here another day. If God is calling me out, then I’m going for the LIGHT!
This is exactly what David was talking about in Psalm 30:4-12 (MSG). Read it slowly and listen for the message inside the message.
4-5 All you saints! Sing your hearts out to God!
Thank him to his face!
He gets angry once in a while, but across
a lifetime there is only love.
The nights of crying your eyes out
give way to days of laughter.
6-7 When things were going great
I crowed, “I’ve got it made.
I’m God’s favorite.
He made me king of the mountain.”
Then you looked the other way
and I fell to pieces.
8-10 I called out to you, God;
I laid my case before you:
“Can you sell me for a profit when I’m dead?
auction me off at a cemetery yard sale?
When I’m ‘dust to dust’ my songs
and stories of you won’t sell.
So listen! and be kind!
Help me out of this!”
11-12 You did it: you changed wild lament
into whirling dance;
You ripped off my black mourning band
and decked me with wildflowers.
I’m about to burst with song;
I can’t keep quiet about you.
God, my God,
I can’t thank you enough.
When the laughter comes, ‘the nights of crying your eyes out’ must GIVE WAY! You have to permit yourself to rise from the ashes. You have to train your face to smile again . . . your heart to laugh again! Or, if you are not careful, you may spend the rest of your life ruined for your divine purpose because of some terrible thing that happened to you.
Life is definitely a compilation of challenges, battles, failures and victories. It’s an all terrain adventure of mountains and valleys, highs and lows, good times and bad times, popularity and unpopularity, etc. Rising from the ashes of yesterdays destruction is one of the most challenging things to do in life . . . permitting yourself to stand tall again . . . it’s essence of resurrection and the reason for this passover/easter season!
Wow, this is going to bless someone!
Here is a great song for this moment: Chris Tomlin, I Will Rise
I just prayed for you guys, wishing you the greatest Friday and a new beginning! With much love…
Dream Big, Live Bold, and Leave a Legacy,