Tag: Psalm 133

The blessedness of unity!

Scripture reading for July 6th:  Psalm 130-134

Key Scriptures:  Psalm 133:1-3  “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!  It is like 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.”  

As the twelve tribes assembled, they became one family before the Lord.  This psalm decreed the blessing of unity upon the brothers as they gathered to worship in God’s presence.  The ultimate blessing that the Lord bestowed was eternal life in His presence!  Sounds like what Jesus Christ prayed in his final High Priestly prayer before the cross!

The blessing of unity: “For Your granted Him authority over all people that He might give eternal life to all those you have given Him.  Now this is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.” . . . “My prayer is not for them alone.  I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You.  May they also be in Us so that the world may know that You sent Me and have loved them even as you have loved Me.”  (John 17:2-3, 20-23)

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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!

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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!

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