"To grant to those who mourn in Zion the following:
To give them a turban instead of dust [on their heads, a sign of mourning],
The oil of joy instead of mourning,
The garment [expressive] of praise instead of a disheartened spirit.
So they will be called the trees of righteousness [strong and magnificent, distinguished for integrity, justice, and right standing with God],
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified."--Isaiah 61:3(AMP)
When we turn our hearts over to the Father in true praise and worship, we adorn a garment that makes us a force to be reckoned with. The garment of praise, as our pastor puts it, "gives us prominence and authority in the unseen realm". The heaviness of depression, worry, fear, anxiety, stress, anger, bitterness, shame, rejection, abandonment will flee when we are adorned with the garment of praise!
Willing ourselves to put on the garment of praise, even when we do not feel like it, will cause darkness and oppression to run in the other direction. When we are robed in Light; anything dark cannot stay.
"This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all."--I John 1:5(NLT)
If you are feeling "weighed down", begin to praise El Elyon--the Most High God. He is greater than any weight you may be experiencing.
Listen to this wonderful song by Matt Redman. Allow it to minister to your spirit.