Give honor to the sad people of Zion to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. The y will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor (Isaiah 61:3, NIV)
THE PEOPLE who had followed God and suffered through captivity, slavery, and persecution were deserving of honor and praise. Their faith in God helped them endure the grief and sorrow, the los s of loved ones, the humiliation, the degradation of slavery.
These people knew suffering.
They had suffered.
They survived suffering.
Because of their approach to suffering, with an attitude of power and strength through God, they deserve a garment of praise of glory, a garment of splendor (Amplified).
When our hearts are heavy, when we lose a loved one, when we endure continual pain and with grace and faith, if we show the world that the glory of God conquers all, our suffering becomes a garment of splendor.