Last week’s #soulh2o devotion was called My Flawless Razor and today’s message builds on that thought.
The King’s daughter is all glorious within;
Her clothing is interwoven with gold.
~Psalm 45:13 NASB
From January to March, our tv sets are filled with film, tv, video, and music awards programs. There are so many like the: Oscars, Golden Globes, SAG Awards, Critics’ Choice, BAFTA, iHeartRadio Music Awards, Grammys, American Country Music (AMC) and tomorrow, Friday, March 15th, the Canadian Juno Music Awards will be all over our screens.
I like watching these awards programs to see how people respond to winning, but let’s be honest girls… I really watch to see the red-carpet parade of beautiful people dressed in fairy tale-esque or sometimes science-fiction inspired clothing when you’ll inevitably hear the tv reporters ask, “So, Who Are You Wearing?”
In Psalm 45:131, the king’s daughter is wearing her royal robes; interwoven with gold… not too shabby! In my study of the original wording, the impression I was left with was that this dress is almost a delicate lace made out of gold or embroidered with braided gold threads. If someone wore this to an awards ceremony they would hands-down, make the Most Iconic Dresses Of All Times list.
What’s In A Word?
I chose to use the New American Standard Bible translation for today’s verse because I felt it best matched the intent of the original writer. I love how this version captures the message that the daughter of The King was beautiful from the inside out. The word used for ‘within’ or ‘in’, as some versions translate comes from the root word ‘kalel’2 meaning ‘perfect or complete’. This is absolutely how God sees you… beautiful, perfect, glowing, adorned in gold.
Some of you read this and a warm feeling of confidence is beginning to rise, while others might be thinking “Cut the crap Sherry, I’m no princess. I’m sitting here wearing yoga pants and I haven’t even fit into my jeans for years.”
The reality is, not many of us will ever wear such beautiful clothing but we all are seen by God as if we’re Cinderella at the Ball—I’m serious! This reality has little to do with you and everything to do with what Christ has done. You just need to get dressed the right way. Let the Apostle Paul be your personal stylist and follow his advice in Romans 13:14 when he says, “put on the Lord Jesus Christ”, or “clothe yourself with”, Him as the NIV translation says. Scripture confirms that God provides this clothing for us. It’s gleaming white and pure, all we have to do is put it on.
So, Who Are You Wearing?
When you get dressed, remind yourself that you’re ‘putting on Christ’ so when people look at you they see His beauty shining through and are compelled to ask; “So, who are you wearing?”
Father… I thank you for loving me unconditionally and seeing me as perfect… even when my thoughts tend to focus on my failings. I’m thankful for the clothing you provide. Help me to ‘put You on’ every morning, so when people look at me, they first see You. In Jesus Name…Amen
- Psalm 45:13
- Romans 13:14
- Galatians 3:27
- Revelations 19:7-8
Line I love in James Blunt’s song: “You’re beautiful, it’s true”.
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JUST FOR FUN!
My Pick Favorite Academy Awards Dresses:
- Lupita Nyongo’o in Versace; 2018 Academy Awards
- Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace; 2014 Academy Awards
- Farrah Fawcett in Stephen Burrows; 1978 Academy Awards
- Jennifer Lopez in Atelier Versace;
~I just couldn’t pick only three!
My Pick of Strange Awards Dresses:
- Björk in Marjan Pejoski Swan Dress; 2001 Academy Awards
- Jennifer Lopez in Atelier Versace Fish Gill Dress; 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
Dress was weird, but her hair and make-up was the best ever!
- Lady Gaga in Armani Prive Jetson’s Inspired Dress; 2010 Academy Awards
- Z LaLa in Heather-Anne MacCarahan Octapus Dress; 2015 American Music Awards
GREAT AWARDS DRESS PAGES