Psalm 133:1-3 (NKJV) 1 A song of Ascents. Of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity! 2 It is like the precious oil upon the head, Running down on the beard, The beard of Aaron, Running down on the edge of his garments. 3 It is like the dew of Hermon, Descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there the LORD commanded the blessing-- Life forevermore.
I do not think that it is hyperbole to say that life is at its best when the relationships around us are working. To love and to be loved… To help and to be helped… To edify and to be edified… To protect and to be protected… To serve and to be served… I could go on, because the possibilities of experiencing “how good” and “how pleasant” life can be when walking with people who have “like-minded” values are impossible to exhaust. The positive power generated when people walk in unity cannot be overestimated.
The dream of every pastor is to be the pastor of a church where the congregants walk in unity. The Jesus statement about the “gates of hell” not prevailing against the church becomes a reality when Godly unity is achieved and maintained. A unified church cuts through the power and schemes of the “Enemy” like a hot knife through butter. No wonder the Apostle Paul exhorted the Church in Ephesus to “Make every effort to maintain unity through the bond of peace.” At the point where the Church unites in Christ, the powers of darkness are defeated.
Life is difficult and the living of it can be a source of great anxiety as the challenges mount. If we stand alone or “feel” deserted by friends, family, or our brothers and sisters in Christ; we can be overwhelmed. Jesus made it clear that He will never leave us alone; not only is He interceding for us, He is living with us and living in us through the Holy Spirit. We also, who wear the name of the Lord, should be walking closely with
one another, loving one another as Christ has loved us, praying for one another, blessing one another, making life good and pleasant for one another as we walk in unselfish unity. You can choose to be a difference maker in someone’s life today.
In this Psalm of David, David ultimately compares the value of walking in unity to the greatest blessing that God will ultimately bestow upon His children. The blessing of “life forevermore.” Hard to grasp…that David would compare eternal life to brethren dwelling in unity. It means that the blessing of walking in unity has no doubt been one of those values that has been underestimated in the eyes of the saints. Time to get it right!
Author's Note: I know that all of us tend to pick and choose the parts and commands of scripture that "we" like while ignoring those parts that don't seem to apply to us. It means that we walk in a "self-made" gospel, at least to a point. Achieving unity through the bond of peace is not a command that we can afford to ignore. At the core of the Christ's disciples should be an unbreakable bond of love that results in unity. The rest of the world should be able to look at us and know, without a doubt or hesitation, that we are Christ's body! RJ
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