Even life forever more!
Scripture reading for June 29th: 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
Psalm 133 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 harmony is not something that comes naturally. Each person has different desires, likes, attitudes, and temperaments. Selfishness often causes fighting, strife and complaining. Unity is an elusive quality in most homes, churches, and nations.
Jesus picked twelve disciples and they struggled with unity. They argued and disputed among themselves about who would be the greatest. Two of them got their mother to intercede for them! (Matthew 20:20-23) Jesus taught them that the way to unity was to take the lowest place and serve. At the Last Supper, He took a towel and washed their feet, teaching them by example. (John 13:12-17) Later that same night, Jesus prayed that they would be kept in complete unity so the world might believe that Jesus was sent by the Father! (John 17:20-23) Unity was an essential quality to spreading the Gospel in Christ’s Church!
The unity of brothers was 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 brought the enablement of the Spirit of God to pray and intercede on behalf of the people. Jesus Christ is our High Priest! He was anointed by the Father and has prayed for us. That anointing to pray and walk in peace flows from our High Priest to us today!
The last analogy is that of dew on Mt. Hermon. Dew comes in the cool of the evening on grass, rocks, and trees. It brings refreshing and helps the plant life prepare for another day. Salvation brings us into God’s community of unity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit! Their perfect unity permeates our souls and brings blessing–life forever more!