November 5, 2003
[Put on] “the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness . . . .” (Isaiah 61: 3)
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Precious Disciple of Jesus Christ, the Daystar,
God is a God of paradoxes. His solution to a problem is usually the opposite of what ours would be (Isaiah 55: 9).
For example, when we feel down, the last thing we feel like doing is praising God. Yet God tells us that praising Him is the solution to discouragement.
Indeed, I believe that continually praising God is the cure for depression. If we would spend as much time praising God as we do bemoaning our state in life, we would be far healthier psychologically, emotionally, and physically.
Do you feel depressed? Then begin praising God. Offer Him the sacrifice of praise (Hebrews 13: 15). In so doing, you will be exchanging the garment of self-pity for the garment of joy.
Your sister in Christ,
Dr. MaryAnn Diorio
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