From Thomas Watson’s Harmless as Doves:
“Christ is beauty to adorn, gold to enrich, balm to heal, bread to strengthen, wine to comfort, salvation to crown. If we are in danger, Christ is a shield; and if we are disconsolate, he is a sun; for he hath enough in his wardrobe abundantly to furnish the soul.”
Women particularly appreciate a wardrobe, and we are supposed to be like this. We are naturally interested in adorning ourselves, and when problems arise, it is either because we reject this part of our identity as women and make plainness a virtue, or we go overboard and deck ourselves out so much that we jingle when we walk. When we are motivated rightly, we adorn ourselves out of a healthy self-respect as women created in the image of God with a desire to please Him.
But let’s switch the gears here and talk about adorning our souls. The Watson quote above is speaking to us about what’s in Christ’s wardrobe that He has opened to us. We are not left to ourselves when it comes to adorning our souls. We put on Christ. He welcomes us to come into His closet and put on His beauty of holiness. His wardrobe is bursting at the seams, and we can’t “overdo” it when it comes to putting on the strength and comfort and healing and salvation that He offers us.
It is pointless to go about with a threadbare soul when Christ has offered us all the riches of His wardrobe. He is Himself clothed with majesty and strength (Ps. 93:1) and honor (Ps. 104:1). When our souls are clothed in Christ, we are dressed indeed, and able to walk uprightly before Him, rejoicing.
Isaiah 61:10 says,”I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, He hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.”
The virtuous woman in Proverbs 31 is clothed with scarlet, with silk and purple on the outside. But her soul is clothed with strength and honor. Is your souls lacking? You know where to go. Open Christ’s wardrobe and ask Him to clothe you with salvation and righteousness. Then be joyful in your God.