My soul rejoices in my God. For He has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of His righteousness.
A few weeks ago during my quiet time with the Lord, I felt a flood of shame creep over me as the Holy Spirit gave light to an area of my life that I had been ignoring. I'm thankful that I didn't ignore Him, but admitted to Him my lack of obedience in that area of my life and asked for His forgiveness. He's always faithful to forgive us our sins. He's such a good Father.
In Zechariah 3 we read about the prophet Joshua who was dressed in filthy clothes and God replaced those with rich garments. It's a beautiful picture of how God sees us in our filth, but forgives us and clothes us in His righteousness.
As I sat with the Lord that morning I felt shame, but He lovingly reminded me that He wanted me to be fully clean. He knows best and if we are open to His discipline and correction in our lives and choose to obey Him, we can live without shame or guilt. It felt so good to take off that unattractive smelly garment and allow Him to reclothe me with the garment He desired for me all along. It's not restricting or uncomfortable, but fits so perfectly, because it's tailor made for me by my Father in Heaven who knows me best.
Our Father is so good and often when He does some cleaning up in our lives He lovingly comes along side us with encouragement to help us keep on going on the right path. For me it came in the form of a word picture. My dear friend Julie emailed and said she was sending me a little gift box to open. Inside that imaginary box was the word FRAGRANCE, with the encouragement to apply daily. I thought about how I've been diligent each day to 'dress rightly' for the Lord, to allow Him to clothe me each day in garments of righteousness, and now added to that to be a sweet fragrance for Him.
Isaiah 32:17 says, "The fruit of that righteousness will be peace: it's effect will be quietness and confidence forever."
Do you see yourself as Christ sees you? Clothed in His righteousness?
Peace, quietness, confidence! We can experience these fruits in our lives when we are dressed right.