Sunday, March 28, 2010

Garments of Salvation

I hate that stupid saying that goes "When life hands you lemons, make Lemonade." I've been handed more lemons in my life that if I tried to make lemonade, I just might drown in it. And besides, I don't have enough sugar.

I do however very much enjoy the saying that goes "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free." I want that freedom. I want to gobble it all up. I want to leave my rotten old self behind and gobble up all the freedom that Christ died for to set me free. And not so that I can go and live like the Queen of Sheba on a mountain top saying "Look at me! I'm free! I'm free!" No. I want to live the words Isaiah declared in chapter 61:

"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
2 to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,

3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the LORD
for the display of his splendor.

4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins
and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities
that have been devastated for generations.

5 Aliens will shepherd your flocks;
foreigners will work your fields and vineyards.

6 And you will be called priests of the LORD,
you will be named ministers of our God.
You will feed on the wealth of nations,
and in their riches you will boast.

7 Instead of their shame
my people will receive a double portion,
and instead of disgrace
they will rejoice in their inheritance;
and so they will inherit a double portion in their land,
and everlasting joy will be theirs.

8 "For I, the LORD, love justice;
I hate robbery and iniquity.
In my faithfulness I will reward them
and make an everlasting covenant with them.

9 Their descendants will be known among the nations
and their offspring among the peoples.
All who see them will acknowledge
that they are a people the LORD has blessed."

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

11 For as the soil makes the sprout come up
and a garden causes seeds to grow,
so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise
spring up before all nations."

For only by the power of the Holy Spirit are these things possible. Let Him breathe on you today, so that like the title of this blog, you too may be Free to Be (His).

1 comment:

Melanie Yardley said...

i LOVE this, Coll!! Amen, so all of us will allow Him to set us free <3