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Robed In Righteousness
12/4/2012

I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. Isaiah 61:10 (NKJV)

My wife and I recently visited the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum with our children and grandchildren.   All throughout the museum there are exhibits set up to allow the children to play and interact, while learning a variety of things.  One of these areas was a little stage with an assortment of various outfits for the children to dress up in to play different roles.

Our 2 year old granddaughter Hope absolutely loves to dress up, so she was immediately drawn to a pretty little pink dress, and she promptly put it on.  The moment the dress was on her I could see a transformation occur.  Her eyes lit up with happiness, her face had a new glow about it, and she was filled with joy—she looked and felt like a little princess, and she could tell we felt the same by the way we looked at her. 

As I thought about this I couldn’t help but draw a parallel to how I felt when I accepted Jesus into my heart.  The prophet Isaiah wrote about this very feeling saying, “I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels (Isa. 61:10).

All too often we can find ourselves feeling less than special, and because of our feelings or past actions we cannot imagine God loving us at certain times.  The enemy would love to have us believe we need to earn God’s love, or that it is conditional, but this is not biblical—His love is unconditional, and unfailing (Ps. 6:4; 21:7; 32:10; 33:5; 107:31).

Q:         How should this affect us as Christian men and women?

I think it should give us a greater respect and admiration of God.  It should help to increase our faith, and encourage and strengthen us in our Christian walk. I believe it is important for us to be reminded often as to how God looks upon us as His children.  The moment we received Jesus and professed Him as our Lord and Savior, we simultaneously received a new outfit—garments of salvation.  The moment we put our faith in Jesus God covers each of us with the robe of righteousness as an act of supreme love and protection. His thoughts toward us are more than can be numbered (Ps. 40:5). 

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these truths today. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Isaiah 61:10, how does Isaiah compare the way God has covered us?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you realize how special you are to God, how much He loves you, and how He truly sees you?

APPLICATION: Let’s choose to acknowledge God’s love for us, and how He has robed us.  When the enemy tempts us to believe God doesn’t love us, let’s take this thought captive and remember our Lord will never leave us, nor forsake us—His love is unfailing.  

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for Your amazing, unfailing, and unmerited love.  Help us to remember this when the enemy tempts us to think we are unlovable.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 


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