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A Garment of Praise

“But you are…His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him…” (1Peter 2:9).

Mankind was created for the purpose of praising God.

“…the Lord has anointed me to…bestow on them…a garment of praise…for the display of His splendor” (Isaiah 6:1-4).

God Himself clothes us in a garment of praise.

Throughout the Bible, clothing is used as a metaphor of our standing with God and God’s mercy on us. Without clean garments - right standing with God - no one can fulfill their life’s purpose. No one can bring Him praise.

God created man in perfect relationship with Him, but when Adam and Eve chose their own way in the Garden, their nakedness became shameful and their relationship with God broken. Yet God provided atonement through sacrifice, clothing them with animal skins, covering their sin so their relationship with Him could be restored, although no longer in Eden.

Being born in sin and following our natural bent toward sin, “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags…” (Isaiah 64:6). We simply cannot worship a Holy God in own efforts, our clothes stained with sin.

In His mercy, God entered our fallen world in the person of Jesus Christ. His robe brought power and healing (Mark 5:28-32). Yet, He was willing to be stripped of His clothing and pay the ultimate price for our salvation. Because of His death we are forgiven, our sin removed, and we can be clothed in Christ by accepting His sacrifice for ourselves (Romans 10:9). Once we do, we are forevermore dressed as His Bride and can fulfill our purpose:

“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” (Isaiah 61:10).

Our purpose in life is to praise God. And only because God Himself clothes us in garments of praise, can we bring praise to Him - forever!

-Kathi Fritz (a contributing writer and beautifully clothed member of the COBI community)

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