Daughter of the King
Recently, one of my daughters gave me a plain, soft black robe which I had requested for Christmas. I am very picky about the type of fabric I allow on my skin, and this particular robe is made of soft cotton, is lightweight, and brings comfort to me when I wear it. Living in Florida, there is not often a need for a bathrobe, but sometimes I put it on just to feel the touch of it and think of my girl.
Daughters are precious. God blessed me with two of them, almost five years apart, and uniquely different from one another. Raising them came natural to me, as I had three sisters of my own and a nurturing relationship with my mother for 50 years. I certainly made mistakes in parenting over the years, wish at times that I could go back and change a decision, but my prayers have always remained the same: that God would cover them with His love, protect them, and they would know without a doubt that He was their greatest love.
I’ve been meditating on the story of another daughter, a young girl named Tamar, whose father was King David. In the book of 2 Samuel, we see that one of David’s sons, Amnon, fell under a spell of lust and sadly raped Tamar. To further cause her pain, he disgraced her by kicking her out of his home and she went to live with his brother Absalom. In the course of her disgrace and shame, she left the house wearing an ornate robe, which was common for virgin daughters of king. In biblical times, men wearing robes who were ashamed or grieving ripped them and torn them to shreds. Tamar, daughter of the king, torn up emotionally by rape and rejection, put ashes on her head and wept loudly. But she remained covered in the robe. (2 Samuel 13:19)
If you are a believer, beloved, you are a daughter of the King. You wear the ornamental robe of righteousness because Christ loves you and adopted you. No matter what you have faced, physically or emotionally, that robe covers all your shame, all your guilt, all your mistakes, and all of your sin. God’s got you covered. Isn’t that comforting to know?
Wrap yourself up in the knowledge that you are God’s precious daughter, and thank Him.
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