Overwhelmed with Joy
I am overwhelmed with joy in the LORD my God! For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation and draped me in a robe of righteousness. I am like a bridegroom in his wedding suit or a bride with her jewels Isaiah 61:10, (NLT).
One of the greatest feelings of joy is one’s wedding day. Isaiah, whose book has often been called the fifth gospel due to its emphasis on the person and work of the Messiah gives us a look at the feelings of joy God gives.
Isaiah begins, I am overwhelmed with Joy. The wedding day is a beautiful expression of this overwhelming feeling. To be overwhelmed means to be bury beneath a huge mass of something. In this case a huge mass of joy. Most people would agree, their wedding day ushered in the feeling of being overwhelmed by joy, excitement, and the beauty of something new.
Isaiah reminds, For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation and draped me in a robe of righteousness — this is a joyous thought. First, God has clothed me with salvation. Such a freeing feeling when we realize God’s grace covers us. Christians are no longer chained to guilt over the past. We are not perfect, but we are perfectly forgiven. All our shame, all our disgrace, all out our sin has been covered by God’s grace, forgiveness, salvation. There is such joy in knowing that God has given us the garment of salvation, a garment we could not make, or put on without His aid.
He has also draped us in a robe of righteousness. Righteousness is a big word that means we are in right relationship with the Almighty. Again, we could not make this happen. There is nothing we can do to accomplish righteousness by ourselves. The only thing we can do is respond to what God has done for us. It is humbling to acknowledge that we are sinners and can do nothing to stop sin. God, full of grace and mercy, has wiped away our shortcomings.
Take a moment to think back on your biggest regrets. Now take a moment to recognize how God has exchanged your guilt, your baggage, your sin-stained clothing for brand new wedding clothes. When two people are united in holy wedlock, they are no longer bound by the old, singleness; they are now in a new, joy-filled fellowship with the one they love. God has made possible for us, through Christ Jesus, a way to be in a new, joy-filled fellowship with Him.
Sin separated us from fellowship with God, like singleness once separated us from our betrothed. God, gave Christ so all who believe in Christ can know right relationship with Him, just like the institution of marriage made a way for us to be joined to the one we love. It is such a joy to be united with our earthly love; it is even a greater joy to be united with the sovereign creator of the universe.
Like a groom in his tux and a bride in her jewels, there is great joy in finally being united with the one you have chosen for life. There is joy in the preparation, and there is joy in the life together. While earthly marriage only brings temporal joy, the union with God brings eternal joy. An enter-joy that goes with the believer through this life, and throughout eternity with the Father. The experience of this joy is overwhelming because it is a joy that has no ending.