In Psalm 30:11 David said, “You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness.”
I hear the Lord saying, “My people know more about binding and loosing the enemy than they do about loosing and girding.” The Lord went on to say, “I have loosed my people from mourning, sadness, grief, but they will not let go of that which they have become familiar with and let me gird them with gladness. They cannot be bound to mourning and girded with gladness simultaneously. They must come out of mourning, weeping, sadness and be girded with gladness.”
Church the days of sadness, weeping, gloom and doom, are over. Or as the psalmist says in Psalm 30:5, “Weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning.” It is a new day, the night is over the day has broke. The Lord has loosed us from mourning now we must cast off the sackcloth. Remember Bartimus, who was on the side of the road crying out Son of David have mercy on me and when Jesus called him, he threw aside his beggars cloak, jumped up and came to Jesus. (Mark 10:46-52). This is where we are, we’ve been loosed of our sackcloth, our mourning coat, but we must cast it off, jump up and come to Jesus.
Jesus is girding us with gladness, or shall I say girding those who come out of the season of mourning, who cast off the cloak of sadness and grief. To gird means, encompass, to equip, to clothe, to strengthen. The night is over, the day is here, it’s time to get up and be girded with gladness, it’s a new day and it looks nothing like the old days!