To give them…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 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. (Isaiah 61:3, 10)
You can face life (and eternity) much better with your clothes on.
Now that I have your attention, let’s talk about clothes. Spiritual clothes. For some reason, God gives several clothing analogies to help demonstrate His transforming work in us. While we may still struggle in this fallen world, He provides His clothing line as a cover just as He covered Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. But He has definitely upgraded from fig leaves.
Garment of Praise
God exchanges our spirit of heaviness with His garment of praise. He offers it, but we have put it on.
When we’re under the spirit of heaviness, when despair, despondency, disappointment, or disillusionment wrap us in their foul-smelling laundry, God opens His closet and pulls out a special garment. It is clean, smells meadowy fresh, is comfy loose-fitting, and assures the wearer of a much lighter load.
God points to it and nods His approval, but we must choose to put it on. We must decide to praise Him—to sing the new song He has given (Psalm 40:3), to sing through the tears knowing that joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5). Although our adverse or heartbreaking circumstances may not change, we can still don this garment and praise Him.
As long as we have breath, we can praise Him. And when we gasp our final earthly breath, His praise will then fill our heavenly lungs as we stroll streets of gold. Until then, we have His promised exchange of the garment of praise for whatever is troubling us. We just have to put it on.
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