Read: ISAIAH 61:10-62:3
When we planned our wedding, my husband and I determined to focus on what was enduring: the vows we were making to each other before the Lord. That meant we left out many of the cultural traditions often found at weddings, like fancy invitations, flowers, attendants, and a big reception. We did dress up for our ceremony. Dennis wore a shiny new suit. I wore a purple lace dress because I felt the vibrant color would better express the brilliant joy in my heart.
I think of our wedding clothes, the sacredness of our ceremony, and our mutual joy as I read this passage. God has adorned God’s people with royal garments of salvation and righteousness. We stand joyfully before God like a bride and bridegroom on their wedding day. God has chosen us, the church, to take the joy of God’s kingdom to the world around us.
Lord, help us remember how you clothe us with joy and salvation. May we sow seeds of righteousness and praise in your garden. AMEN.