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The Spirit of Heaviness

  • To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He might be glorified. Is. 61:3 ESV


    Have you ever felt so down, so lethargic, and then begin to ask yourself “what’s the point of it all?” There are many things in this verse but the one I want to mention especially is the Spirit of Heaviness, better known by its bonafide name, depression. It can settle on anyone given the right circumstances and none of us are immune to it. We all like to think that we have it together, but really we are just one phone call away from crying at any given moment.

    Once I went to an exhilarating praise and worship conference that lasted a couple of days. I really got into it and for days after this I felt so “light”, like walking on air and without a care in the world. When I had arrived, I was pretty down. Now I was light as a feather and cheerful, what a contrast.

    Praise and depression are polar opposites and repel each other. If you are down, depressed, heavy, you will not feel like praising the Lord. If you are praising the Lord you will not feel like being depressed. If you are feeling “heavy” today find some good praise and worship music and soak in it for an hour. Begin to praise the Lord along with it and that spirit of heaviness will flee out of hearing range.


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