Isaiah 61:1-3 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; 3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, THE GARMENT OF PRAISE for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.
Praise is described as a garment (covering; clothing; garment; robe or vesture) in Isaiah 61:3. Like clothing, praise is a repellent to problems getting you down like a raincoat is a repellent to rain. It does not stop the rain coming down but stops it from getting in you. We put on garments/clothing for protection from weather, storms, and the elements as well as suitable to the occasion. We put them on they do not get on us; it is something we must do.
An often neglected point, though, is that we normally put clothes on in PRIVATE, before we go into our day. This is an area I think all of us could admit we need to grow in. We all seem to be able to get our church praise on but what about our private praise? If you really want to dress for success why not start here and put on the garment of praise in your PRIVATE life. It’s a good fit too! “Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous: for praise is comely (or fitting) for the upright Psalm 33:1.”