Bestowed blessing!

Scripture reading for June 28: Psalms 128-134

“How good and pleasant it is when brothers 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 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 twelve disciples and they had a hard time keeping peace.  They loved to argue and dispute among themselves about who would be the greatest disciple.  Jesus taught them that the way to keep peace and unity was to take the lowest place and to find joy in serving.  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 that His disciples would be kept in complete unity that the world might believe that Jesus was sent by the Father!  (John 17:20-23) 

The unity of brothers is likened to the anointing of the High Priest.  Oil was poured on his head as a symbol of 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 was anointed by His Father and is praying for us now.  That anointing to pray and walk in peace flows from our High Priest today.  

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 all 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!

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