Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 26, 2016

“You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness”

Today’s devotion comes from Esther chapter 9.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Esther+9&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“1 Now in the twelfth month (that is, the month Adar), on the thirteenth day when the king’s command and edict were about to be executed, on the day when the enemies of the Jews hoped to gain the mastery over them, it was turned to the contrary so that the Jews themselves gained the mastery over those who hated them.  2 The Jews assembled in their cities throughout all the provinces of King Ahasuerus to lay hands on those who sought their harm;  and no one could stand before them, for the dread of them had fallen on all the peoples.  3 Even all the princes of the provinces, the satraps, the governors and those who were doing the king’s business assisted the Jews, because the dread of Mordecai had fallen on them.  4 Indeed, Mordecai was great in the king’s house, and his fame spread throughout all the provinces;  for the man Mordecai became greater and greater.  5 Thus the Jews struck all their enemies with the sword, killing and destroying;  and they did what they pleased to those who hated them.

20 Then Mordecai recorded these events, and he sent letters to all the Jews who were in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, both near and far, 21 obliging them to celebrate the fourteenth day of the month Adar, and the fifteenth day of the same month, annually, 22 because on those days the Jews rid themselves of their enemies, and it was a month which was turned for them from sorrow into gladness and from mourning into a holiday;  that they should make them days of feasting and rejoicing and sending portions of food to one another and gifts to the poor.

26 Therefore they called these days Purim after the name of Pur.  And because of the instructions in this letter, both what they had seen in this regard and what had happened to them, 27 the Jews established and made a custom for themselves and for their descendants and for all those who allied themselves with them, so that they would not fail to celebrate these two days according to their regulation and according to their appointed time annually.  28 So these days were to be remembered and celebrated throughout every generation, every family, every province and every city;  and these days of Purim were not to fail from among the Jews, or their memory fade from their descendants.”  Esther Chapter 9:  Verses 1-5 and 20-22 and 26-28.

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“11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness,
12 That my soul may sing praise to You and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.”  Psalm 30:11-12.

“6 Many are saying, “Who will show us any good?”
Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us, O Lord!
You have put gladness in my heart,
More than when their grain and new wine abound.
8 In peace I will both lie down and sleep,
For You alone, O Lord, make me to dwell in safety.”  Psalm 4:6-8.

“4 You are my King, O God;
Command victories for Jacob.
5 Through You we will push back our adversaries;
Through Your name we will trample down those who rise up against us.
6 For I will not trust in my bow,
Nor will my sword save me.
But You have saved us from our adversaries,
And You have put to shame those who hate us.
In God we have boasted all day long,
And we will give thanks to Your name forever.  Selah.”  Psalm 4:4-8.

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