It has been a while but I am so glad to share today’s post with you and I thank God for His leading on this topic of ‘Garments’.
The revelation for today’s post started with a prayer point. I’ve been praying about the oil of joy and garment of praise in line with the scripture from Isaiah 61:3.
To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”
I have been praying for the Joy that comes from being in the presence of God; that abounds despite any circumstance. The joy that is tied to knowing that my salvation is from God and my righteousness is of Him.
Praise! Raise a hallelujah at all times and everywhere because the word of God commands that ‘Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!’ (Psalm 150:6).
Blessed be the name of the LORD
From this time forth and forevermore!
From the rising of the sun to its going down
The LORD’s name is to be praised.
God has given us a garment of praise and a garment is an item of clothing that we put over ourselves. So, we have to make a conscious effort to put on our praise garment daily.
I had an encounter with a young man at a church event. He had on a suit that made him look like a ‘man of God’. I had seen him a few times and so went to say hello, but when I started speaking to him I realized things were quite different to what I had perceived from his outward appearance. He wasn’t too happy about not being able to see his kids in another country because of Covid restrictions. He was struggling with making friends in the neighbourhood, and was struggling mentally and spiritually.
As I was praying in the night it occurred to me that sometimes our garments and what’s really going on with us spiritually and emotionally might be very different.
God is keen about the kind of spiritual garments we choose to put on and a good example is from the parable of the wedding feast:
“But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
The king had extended his invitation to all people but not everyone showed up in the right garment. The same way God extends his invitation to us but we need to ensure that we coming in the appropriate holiness attire.
Ephesians 4:22-24 says ‘that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. Put on kindness, tender-heartedness, forgiveness.’
So, let us search ourselves and put off any garment which may be a representation of the old man (lying, bitterness, unforgiveness, malice, any evil and wickedness) and let God cloth us with a garment of righteousness and praise, and anoint our heads with the oil of gladness.
I pray the rest of your week is filled with joy and praise. God help us in Jesus’ name.