Spiritual garments are often worn as a way to express one's faith, honor a tradition, or connect with a higher power. From the flowing robes of Buddhist monks to the modest dress of Muslim women, spiritual garments can take many forms. One of the things we learn about God as we grow in our relationship with Him is everything He does, says or creates - has a purpose. He is very specific with the details of the assignment, such as in the garments worn by the Priests who minister before Him. God gave Moses and Aaron intricate details of the design for the priestly garments. The priestly garment reminded them of their connection to God, their commitment to follow His will, and the blessings and protection God has promised those who are faithful to Him. But what is a garment? The dictionary defines it as a piece of clothing. In many faiths, clothing is seen as a way to demonstrate humility and respect for the divine. For example, in Judaism, the tallit is a prayer shawl worn during morning services, while in Catholicism, priests wear vestments during Mass as a sign of their sacred calling. In Christianity, God dressed His priests in specific clothing as they ministered to Him in His holy Tabernacle. He has promised to dress us as well, as we strive to live according to His word and for His glory. Isaiah 61:3 says, "To console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.” Do you all see that? God will give us the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. The "garment of praise" is to get us through
times of loneliness, fear, anxiety, depression, and/or confusion. Put on your garment of praise and let the glory of God rise from it. Spiritual garments can also serve as a reminder of one's beliefs and values. For instance, some Christian women wear purity rings to signify their commitment to abstinence before marriage. Others may wear a cross necklace to symbolize their faith in Jesus Christ. These are all physical things that are worn to symbolize one's spirituality. But we serve a Spirit God, who requires us to be clothed in righteousness. And oh how ready is He to adorn us with the garments of salvation. In Isaiah 61:10 it says, "I will greatly rejoice in the Lord , my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels." As we praise and rejoice in God, even in the bad times, He has promised to cover us. The garment or robe of righteousness is a reminder that we are covered in our Heavenly Father's eternal love. To be clothed in salvation describes how our mortal bodies will transform when Jesus returns for us. Hallelujah!! All glory to God!