Even Life Forever More!
Scripture reading for June 30th: Psalms 128-134
“How good and pleasant it is when brother live together in unity! It is like the precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of his robes. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows His blessing, even life forevermore.” Psalm 133:1-3
I’ve always liked this short psalm. It is one of the next to the last of the songs of ascents and speaks of an important aspect of life in the family and city of God. Living together with others in a state of unity and harmony is not something that comes naturally. Each person has different desires, likes, attitudes, temperaments and ideas of what makes for a peaceful life. Selfishness causes fighting, strife and complaining. Unity is an elusive quality in any home, community, state, or nation. It has been impossible in most!
The psalm states that it is good and pleasant when brothers live together in unity. Jesus picked 12 disciples and they had a hard time keeping peace. They loved to argue and dispute among themselves about who would be the greatest disciple. Two of them got their mother to intercede for them! (Matthew 20:20-23) Jesus taught them that the way to keep peace and unity was to take the lowest place and to serve. At the Last Supper, He took a towel and washed their feet and taught them by example that humility and serving brings unity. (John 13:12-17) Later that same night, Jesus prayed for his disciples. He prayed that they would be kept in complete unity that the world might believe that Jesus was sent by the Father! (John 17:20-23) Unity is an essential quality to spread the Gospel and love of Jesus Christ and God the Father!
The unity of brothers is likened to the anointing of the High Priest. Oil was poured on his head as a symbol of special blessing from above. The oil would flow from the head down to beard and drip onto the collar of the robe. This anointing oil brought the enablement of the Spirit of God to pray and intercede on behalf of the people. Jesus Christ is our High Priest and intercessor! He is anointed of the Father and has prayed for us and is praying for us even now. That anointing to pray and walk in peace flows from our High Priest to us today! What a blessing!
The last analogy is that of dew dropping on Mt. Hermon. Dew is moisture that comes in the cool of the evening on grass, rocks, and trees. It brings refreshing and helps the plant life prepare for another day. Unity is like the dew from heaven refreshing us each evening as we rest in God’s community of unity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit! Their perfect unity permeates our souls and brings blessing–life forever more!