Tag: Psalms 128-134

Life forever more!

Scripture reading for June 30th: 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

This psalm is one of 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 unity 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 psalmist 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.  Two of them, disputing about who would be the greatest, got their mother to intercede for them!  (Matthew 20:20-23)  Jesus taught them to take the lowest place and to serve.  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 that the world might believe that He 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 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.  That anointing to pray and walk in peace flows from Jesus, our High Priest, to us today!

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.  The Holy Spirit is like the dew from heaven refreshing us each day.  The Spirit unites us with Father and Son–guaranteeing life forever more!

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Out of the Depths, I Cry!

Scripture reading for June 30th: Psalms 128-134

When journeying to the House of the Lord, one begins to think about the need to have mercy for our sins.  We are all sinners and are aware that we have broken God’s laws.  Those laws are initially written on our conscience.  For Israel, they were written on tablets of stone and then written into the Law of God as received by Moses.  Breaking of those commandments brought the need for God’s mercy and forgiveness.  A sacrifice of blood must be presented by one of the priests.  God must accept the sacrifice and forgive the one who offended Him and broke His law.

“Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord; O Lord, hear my voice.  Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.  If You, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?  But with you there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared.” (Psalms 130:1-4)  As the psalmist travels onward toward the temple,  he begins to call out to God for mercy.  He knows his need of forgiveness and mercy and asks unashamedly in faith.  He also acknowledges that none could stand if God kept a record.  We know that He does keep good records!  (Revelation 20:11-12)

The psalmist waited in anticipation for the Lord.  The waiting was one of eager expectation of God’s mercy and comforting presence.  “O Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with Him is full redemption.  He Himself will redeem Israel from all their sins.” (Psalm 130:7-8)

Like the psalmist in this psalm,  we anticipate the second coming of Jesus Christ and know that our sins are forgiven and that we have a glorious future in His presence.  This blessed hope causes us to cleanse our lives from all sins and live in the same holy expectation.  (Titus 2:11-14)  Like the watchman waiting for the morning, we wait for the trumpet to sound and Jesus Christ to return.  His unfailing love is better than life and full redemption includes a glorified body and unspeakable joy with Him forever!   He will redeem Israel from all her sins as well as they trust in Him!   Praise the Lord!

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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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