by Norma Koehne
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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 (Isaiah 61:10a).
This chapter begins with these verses:
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour (Isaiah 61:1).
This shows us so clearly who our gracious God is and what he has done for us. We are so blessed in our present time to have the good news freely preached to us, to have it in our hands so that we can read it every day as we wish. It is in our minds and hearts. So many people in ages past would have loved to have the same access. This precious word is with us in times of sorrow and despair; it tells us that we are free from the power of sin and enables us to live every day knowing that we live with God’s favour and blessing. As we say in the Aaronic blessing, the Lord’s face shines on us.
How has this happened? It is all the work of our gracious God. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, ‘he has clothed [us] with garments of salvation and arrayed [us] in a robe of his righteousness’. When God looks at us, he sees beauty, even splendour. We shine and sparkle with jewels like the Jewish bride and bridegroom. This work of God is as natural as seeds sprouting and grass growing. It is there for all mankind.
What is our response? ‘I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God’ (Isaiah 61:10).
Gracious God, I cannot believe that I am beautiful in your eyes. Help me to rejoice that through Christ I am truly clothed in his righteousness, so dearly won for me on the cross. Amen.