PSALM 30:10-12: “Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on me; Lord, be my helper!” You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.” NKJV
OBSERVATION: Have you been wounded emotionally? Have you suffered a great loss? Have you just experienced a great disappointment? As I read these verses I felt a word of exhortation and encouragement coming from the Lord.


I have found that it is easy to get comfortable in my pain. Currently, I am going through a recovery process from two accidents. To be in pain is a normal part of my life now and I simply have learned to live with it and push through. Yet, I realize that this also limits my expectations for God’s healing to come into my life. I can be so comfortable with my pain that I stop seeking God’s healing.

This is especially true with matters of the mind and heart. These wounds are not visible to anyone else. We carry them secretly and we struggle with our pain. It is very easy to become so familiar with our pain and the story that surrounds it that we simply settle. This is our life and we might as well get used to it. Yet, if we listen closely, we will hear the still small voice of the Holy Spirit calling us to,


How do we do that when we find ourselves stuck? David begins by turning to the Lord in sincere prayer and crying out for mercy.

  • “Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on me; Lord, be my helper!”

Only God can truly heal our broken and grieving hearts. He alone can restore us to the joy that we once knew. Jesus came to not only bear our sins but also bear our burdens, our sickness, and our disease (or dis-ease). I love Jesus’ proclamation of His ministry as He claims the promise from Isaiah.

  • “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” Luke‬ ‭4:18-19‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

We serve a God who heals. He brings good news when we are wandering in the wilderness. He heals our broken hearts as we deal with great loss. He breaks the bonds of sin and failure. He opens our spiritual eyes so that we can see the Kingdom of God. And, He proclaims liberty and favor over our lives.

David calls himself back to faith as he recounts the former faithfulness of God and anticipates God’s answer and provision in response to his prayer.

  • “You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.”

Pain can become so familiar that we lose all hope of walking without it. Yet, Jesus has come to turn our mourning into dancing. He has come to remove our heavy burdens and clothe us with gladness. He has come to restore in us a joyful heart that sings praise and cannot be silent. Dear one, it is time to…


Lord, forgive me for the times when I embrace my pain more than Your promises. Help me to always move toward Your promise and provision of healing. Turn our mourning into dancing once again and clothe us with gladness, praise, and thanksgiving!

In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy-to-follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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