The Gospel Advocate Company copyrighted the hymn, “Beauty for Ashes” in 1948.
Written by Grant Colfax Tullar, the hymn’s first verse is: “Beauty for ashes God hath decreed! Help He provideth for every need; what is unlovely he will restore; grace all-sufficient ― what need we more?”
The hymn comes from one of Isaiah’s verses that says, “To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness,” (Isaiah 61:3).
One of the most important aspects of salvation is repentance. Repentance is a change of mind reflected in a change of conduct. It begins with godly sorrow (2 Corinthians 7:10) and leads to a change in the life.
One must be brokenhearted to repent. One must understand the heavy burden and toll of sin and that it is causing a separation (Isaiah 61:1-2). One must understand sin makes captive body and soul and can continue its bondage in eternity.
But God has provided a remedy for sin. No matter if your body and spirit are racked by a lifetime of sin, Jesus can, as the song says, restore was is unlovely. He can take our burdens and turn them into peace. He will trade our strife and turn it into concord.
All he needs is you to come to him brokenhearted and ready to obey.
Tullar wrote, “God gives for sadness ‘garments of praise;’ (also from Isaiah 61:3) Stars for our twilight, strength for our days; Hope for tomorrow, care for today; Light for our footsteps all of life’s way.”
Repent and obey God today. He will take your heartache in trade.