“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.” (Isaiah 61:10, NIV)
God despises injustice and the oppression of the weak. Throughout chapters 58 and 59 there are multiple references to the underprivileged and our responsibility for their care. And then in chapter 60 Isaiah begins this beautiful description of the city of Zion; the restoration of His people after their oppressive history.
60:10 Foreigners will rebuild your walls and their kings will serve you
60:17 Instead of bronze I will bring you gold
60:18 No longer will violence be heard in your land
60:20 Your sun will never set again
60:22 The least of you will become a thousand
61:3 Instead of ashes, the oil of gladness
61:3 Instead of mourning, a garment of praise
What a beautiful picture of redemption. From ashes to riches. An extreme I will never fully experience since I’ve only ever known the comforts of American living.
This whole concept of social injustice is tugging at me. God is hitting me with the topic in many “random” ways. This passage being one of them. So why did I select the opening verse? Because I have been given SALVATION and RIGHTEOUSNESS as a FREE gift. Completely undeserved! I read that verse and suddenly saw how free redemption really is. In a world where victimization is not only acceptable but the norm, Isaiah’s description of redemption was so much more, well, redeeming! The polar opposites prove that only God would come up with such a plan: to offer to take our ashes and give us riches, no strings attached; to clothe us with HIS righteousness and to see us as He sees His Son. It is a picture of the transformation of a starving child being made whole, healed, clothed, full of energy running to Christ to lay down her crowns at His feet. Definitely cause for great delight and rejoicing in my God because I get to do the same thing…for free.
God, You have given me so much. Undeserved. The gift of life to its fullest here and forever with You. I’m sorry that I waste so much of that gift. Make me aware of those who need to hear You through me. Amen.