|Garments Of Praise- Terri Davis|
"GARMENTS OF PRAISE"
What should we be clothed in (spiritually) when we worship Yahweh? Does our covering (what we put on our minds and hearts) identify who we are and what we represent? I say Yes! Garments through scripture represented many things; Kingship, Authority, Purity, The Fire of the Lord, the Holy Spirit, Repentance, Atonement, His Throne Room, Healing and etc. The promises are endless in the word of God. When we worship and praise through dance, both the inside and the outside is important. When you join the military you wear their uniform because of who you represent. There are different types of dress for different occasions. When you are ready for battle, you will be dressed for battle. It is a status change and it prepares you to get the job done. It also demands a level of respect and honor. It is the same principle for us when we are preparing for dance and worship. We want to approach God with reverence and honor that is due his name, but also a people that represent his Authority. I want to share with you some scripture about how Yeshua was clothed and how we are to be clothed.
Ps 104:1-2 You are clothed with honor and majesty. Who covers yourself with light as with a garment, who stretched out the heavens like a curtain.
Ps 22:18 They divided my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots. What were they dividing really? What did his garment represent? Keep this in mind. (Also Matt 27:35).
Matt 9:20 A women with a flow of blood for 12 years touched the hem of his garment.The Tzitzit (fringes on the corners) is what was on the hem of the garments. These represented the word of God. Yeshua clothed Himself in The word of God. Didn't healing come forth through his garment because of what it represented. Here, the true word of God, is wearing a reminder of the word of God.
Rev 19:13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and his name was called the Word of God. Our King Amen!
In Ex 28:2 the Lord gave very specific instruction on what he was to wear for his priestly garments. It was essential in designating his authority to the people. It was a distinction between them and the priest.
Ex 28:2 You shall make garments for Aharon your brother, for Glory and Beauty.
He represented God to the people. And each piece of his clothing was a spiritual representation of Gods people. What do we do?
Zech 3:3-5 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and was standing before an angel. Then he answered and spoke to those who stood before him saying, "Take away the filthy garments from him", and to him he said, "See I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes." And I said, "Let them put a clean turban on his head", so they put a clean turban on his head, and they put the clothes on him. And the angel of the Lord stood by.
The Lord admonished Joshua in Zech 3:8 and afterward he says "Hear Oh Joshua the High Priest". He was wearing priestly garments now. He had a status change.
Ecc 9:8 Let your garments always be white and let your head lack no oil.
Ps 132:9 Let your priest be clothed with righteousness and let your saint shout for Joy.
Are we not priests now?
2 Cor 5:2-3 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven. If indeed having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. (2 Cor 5:5) Now he who has prepared us for this very thing is God, (He dressed us) who also has given us the spirit as a guarantee. By his spirit we are clothed with the habitation from heaven. Are we putting on the garments of Praise yet?
Rev 3:18 I council you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich, and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the same of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.
While we now can Spiritually clothe ourselves in righteousness, the flip side of this is we can also clothe ourselves with sin if we are not careful. We need to keep ourselves with the right heart.
James 4:5 The rich oppressors were corrupt and their garments were moth eaten.
Ps 109:17-18 As he loved cursing, so let it come to him, as he did not delight in blessing, so let it be far from him. As he clothed himself with cursing as with his garments, so let it enter his body like water, and like oil into his bones.
These are tough scriptures but it is what we need to hear. We can clothe ourselves with garments of Praise (praise to our God) or we can wear filthy garments of corruption (the ways of the world). Worship is a high responsibility and not to be taken lightly. Worship is from the heart, and what we "clothe" ourselves in reflect that. So let us take the higher calling of our Lord and represent our King with Honor in putting on His Garments of Praise, Amen!
May The Lord Bless You!!