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Your Joy Is Connected To Your Purity
"The Targum says: 'At all times let thy garment be washed pure from the stain of sin. Acquire a good name, which is likened to the oil of anointing, that blessings may be called down upon thy head, and goodness not forsake thee.' " - Adam Clarke
"The usefulness of anything depends upon its purity."
"No impure life is ever a truly happy life."
"Keep thy hearts clean, for they will soil as easily as the white dress."
- Biblical Illustrator - Old Testament
It is God's will that blessings be called down upon your head and that goodness never forsake you. He wills that you always be happy and cheerful.
Believe it or not - your happiness is connected to your holiness of heart and life.
So many people nowadays believe that their happiness is wrapped up in the amount of money or possessions that they own...the position that they hold in society...or the people who they know. That is how the world looks at things. However, the Bible says otherwise.
God doesn't want you to be drooping and melancholy in spirit. He wants you to get into a better frame of mind. He wants your spirit to be easy and pleasant...to have joy and a merry heart within. He desires that you enjoy yourself, your friends, and your God. He certainly doesn't want to see you oppressed with inordinate care and grief about the things that are happening in the world around you.
This is His instruction to you. It is found in Ecclesiastes 9:8 and says - "Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment." Having your clothes always white and not ever sparing precious ointment on your head are two expressive signs of joy and cheerfulness. In token of joy, the Eastern people used white garments - especially in times of great rejoicing - in contrast to the black robes of mourning. At the same time, upon joyful occasions, oil was poured upon men's heads. It was poured plentifully on the heads of guests at feasts for refreshment...to give pleasure...and simply as a sweet odor and fragrance. It, too, was opposed to the gloomy and melancholy behavior.
In this verse of Scripture, Solomon was giving us the keys to a life filled with joy. Without these two items, joy would not be possible.
Notice that he included the word - "always" - "Let thy garments be always white, and let thy head lack no ointment." What he was saying was "always" strive to keep your heart clear from all spots of willful sin. And "always" stir up, improve, and cherish the gifts of God's grace and Spirit. Stay away from the allurements of the world, money, and ambition for they will surely taint you.
In Revelation 3:5, we are told by the Lord Jesus that all "overcomers" are dressed in "white" - "He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before My Father, and before His angels." In Revelation 3:18, we are exhorted to buy from Him - "white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed." And, then in Revelation 19:8, we find in the description of the the Lamb's bride that "white raiment" is part of her attire - "And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints."
The "fine linen" that was spotless white was woven by the pure and holy lives of the saints. It was an emblem of their righteousness. The "white raiment" was an emblem of purity and true holiness of heart and life - with "white" being the color of joy, triumph, and victory.
As for our heads lacking no ointment, in Psalm 23:5, we read - "...Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over." In Psalm 45:7, we read how the Lord Jesus enjoyed superior joy in connection with His life of holiness or obedience to the Father's will - "Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows." And, then in Psalm 92:10, we read the testimony of all believers who walk in victory over sin, the world, and the flesh - "But my horn shalt Thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil."
The "oil" was a token of gladness. Having your head anointed with oil and then your cup running over was a symbol of gladness and overflowing. Anointing the head on festive occasions was indicative of prosperity and rejoicing. Then again, anointing with oil was equivalent to putting on festive or holiday apparel.
Throughout the Bible, we see that "oil" signifies the Holy Spirit - His gifts and graces. In Ecclesiastes 9:8, Solomon exhorted all saints to - "Let...thy head lack no ointment." In other words, don't be without the "anointing" of the Holy Spirit on your life. He brings great joy to a believer's life - that is, as long as the believer walks in holiness and purity. He can be quenched and grieved at the appearance of sin.
Today, God is saying to you - "Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment." He desires that your life be filled with great joy and gladness - and be far from oppression, sorrow, and regrets. As we saw in this study, both "white garments" and "oil" are tokens of joy and cheerfulness. The level of joy in your life will be realized in relation to the level of holiness that your walk reflects.
Do you want to experience great joy and gladness as you walk through this life?
Then be sure to keep your life - your spiritual "garments" "white" - free from all sin. In other words, cultivate personal purity at all times and in every place.
Also, follow the example of the Lord Jesus in that He "...lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness." His reward? "God, thy God, hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness above Thy fellows."
Contrary to what the world or even some church folks would say - your joy is connected to your purity of heart and life.
With that in mind, we ask you - are you full of joy?
May God Bless His Word.