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Isaiah 61:10

 

I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God.

For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

NIV

 

I am overwhelmed with joy in the Lord my God!

For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation and draped me in a robe of righteousness.

I am like a bridegroom dressed for his wedding or a bride with her jewels.

NLT

 

I will rejoice greatly in the Lord, My soul will exult in my God;

For He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness,

As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

NASB

 

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult 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 like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

ESV

 

I will sing for joy in God,  explode in praise from deep in my soul!

He dressed me up in a suit of salvation, he outfitted me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom who puts on a tuxedo and a bride a jeweled tiara.

The Message

 

For me, there’s always something so special that happens when I read one verse in all of these translations above. NIV, NLT, NASB, ESV, and The Message all share the Word of God, but just the slightest variations in the English words they chose open up scripture to me in a more complete picture. It’s beautiful how one verse can hold so much!

 

I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God.

I am overwhelmed with joy in the Lord my God!

I will rejoice greatly in the Lord, My soul will exult in my God

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God

I will sing for joy in God,  explode in praise from deep in my soul!

 

 

Why? What causes such joy and delight? The rest of this chapter leading up until now has painted such a picture of the heart of our Savior: the Lord has come to bind up our broken hearts, give freedom and favor, and vengeance while comforting us in our mourning, providing for us, giving us beautiful crowns instead of ashes, filling us with the oil of joy and praise, putting us on special display for His splendor, rebuilding, restoring, renewing us all while changing our status and blessing us far beyond what we deserve; because of HIS Faithfulness in His commitment to us.

 

He is so committed to us that He heals, protects, frees, comforts, provides, redeems AND then He crowns us! The very beings who have sinned against Him, who reject, who take Him for granted. He pursues us with the most amazing everlasting love, NO MATTER WHAT.

 

How could we not respond with great delight, overwhelming joy, and great rejoicing while singing His praises?! Just compiling this list right now makes my heart feel like it could explode inside my chest! When your soul sees, feels and knows the God of the universe, and you try to comprehend all He has done and is continuing to do for you,

it better exult in Him!

 

If any one of your family members or a friend did even one of those things for you, wouldn’t you be singing their praises too?

 

I, and we the church will rejoice because of Your great love!

 

 

 

For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness

For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation and draped me in a robe of righteousness

For He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness

For he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness

He dressed me up in a suit of salvation, he outfitted me in a robe of righteousness

 

This part of the verse always makes me reflect on the Garden. When Adam and Eve sinned against God, they immediately felt exposed and became shameful because of it. So He sacrificed to show them He still loves them and is still here for them. He doesn’t leave them in their shame and turn His back on them, no, He comes to the rescue and covers them. He clothes them!

 

Because of Christ, not only does He dress us in salvation that can only come from Him, but He takes it a step further. He drapes, wraps, covers, outfits us in His righteousness! It’s like picturing a father coming in with the family blanket ready to scoop up his kid. The child immediately feels his father’s love, protection, and provision for him.

 

Our Lord doesn’t stop at salvation even though salvation would be ENOUGH. He loves to give in abundance and spoil His own children, so He puts His righteousness we don’t deserve on us.

 

As a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

I am like a bridegroom dressed for his wedding or a bride with her jewels.

As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

As a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

As a bridegroom who puts on a tuxedo and a bride a jeweled tiara.

 

Now in American culture it may sound odd to hear of a “bridegroom that adorns his head” but in other cultures around the world, it’s very normal for the bridegroom (or groom as we call him) to be fully decked out. When I was in India with the World Race, we were invited to a wedding. After putting on our best, we made our way there not knowing what to expect. The street in front of where the wedding ceremony was happening was filled with people dancing! Then the groom came riding in on a white horse, wearing a dark embroidered suit complete with a beautiful turban and a headdress made of flowers. Everyone cheered when they saw him and the dance party went crazy! He was ready to get married! When the bride emerged her flowery headdress matched his to signify she was HIS bride.

 

Does this help you see what He’s saying here? Righteousness is beautiful! It’s as beautiful as jewels, as fancy as satin or flowers at a wedding. It’s something to take pride in wearing because if you are in Christ, you are the bride of Christ and He wants you to match Him! He wants you to wear His righteousness to signify you are HIS.

 

We need to ask ourselves daily, sometimes hourly; Are you choosing to walk in His love wearing His righteousness showing you are His, or are you still choosing to walk around in shame, exposed to the schemes of the enemy?

See, the Lord is kind and knows that forced love isn’t love at all. Real love is a choice.

 

What will you choose to walk in?