You have turned 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.
I ran upon this verse quite some time back. It gives me a happy feeling that makes me feel like smiling. When I first found this verse, I was feeling pretty mournful, but this verse gave me hope and I was able to see that God would help me. Everybody experiences their times of mourning or times of no hope. When I have my times, this verse gives me hope all over again. Overall, it’s a hopeful verse.
An important thing that you need to know about this verse, which can easily be skipped over is the part about the sackcloth. What is a sackcloth? A sackcloth used to be a very rough and coarse material people would use in the bible times. It was often made out of black goat’s hair, which is very rough and I would say itchy as well. Mourners, also ones showing repentance, would wear these things called a sackcloth. You can only imagine how unpleasant that would feel rubbing against you. The reason I say that this is important to know is because you can really see how much it meant when they said this. It’s no longer just a sackcloth, it also represents that God can take your burdens off of your shoulders. If you think about it that way, the verse has much more value than just what is written down. It’s not just someone saying it lightly and that is going to be going back and mourning the very next day. They are rejoicing and giving God praise for putting off their burdens.