Psalms Saturday #3 – Psalms 133 – How good and pleasant when the brothers dwell in unity – 12/05/2015
Psalm 133:1 (ESV) Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! 2 It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes! 3 It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the LORD has commanded the blessing, life forevermore.
I think it is awesome that the blog that I wrote on 12/03/2015 in Titus (Link is here) closed with taking about unity in believers and here is how we closed that blog…
“I try to think of that more and more when I see Christians firing at other Christians for something that is not doctrinally based, perhaps a difference in worship styles or the fact that a Pastor has a big church so he might be doing something wrong, I lament this is the case and what I have learned recently is that a victory for another church in my town is a victory for Christianity and we should not be as tribal as we are as far as defending where we go on a Sunday. These are our brothers in the faith on the same mission.”
Regardless of where we attend on a Sunday we should be praying for one another, lifting one another up and viewing each other as brothers and sisters. We are all serving the one God and we all worship the same Messiah Jesus Christ and do you think that God wants his family to be dysfunctional? I take great solace that when we get to heaven there will be no Presbyterian section, Catholic section, Lutheran section or even a non-denominational section and wouldn’t it be funny if God placed you right next to that guy you have been condemning because of his church style? Jesus spoke about this in the gospel of Matthew chapter 7…
Matthew 7:12 (ESV) So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. 13 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
We are all entrants through that narrow gate, we have already been adopted into his family and we should be wishing to do unto others as we would wish be done unto us. The underlying commandment is to love one another and these teachings hit at the core of what the Psalm is talking about. Even looking at it from an evangelism point of view how can we talk about the “love of Christ” if we are not loving those with a common faith. We become no better than the world around us in that case. Jesus also addresses this in the Gospel of Matthew…
Matthew 5:43 (ESV) You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect
We have to have unity in a common faith as this pleases God; the Psalmist describes it with the following words…
V2 It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes! 3 It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the LORD has commanded the blessing, life forevermore.
The description used is very similar to the anointing of a priest or new king, in this case they are speaking of when Aaron was anointed and it is probably not as you thought that they took a little oil and sprinkled. The verse states that they poured it on him and it was so much so that it ran all over him, it ran down his beard, ran over his robes that he was soaked and drenched in the stuff. It could be the equivalent of us getting a pitcher or a bucket and pouring it over and overwhelming the person with “the blessing” Can you imagine if we did that with the sick? (As we are commanded to in James 5:14)
The oil is described as precious and it was meant as a blessing, the blessing was not something that was sparsely applied and like the dew of Hermon, it is a blessing that is commanded from the from the LORD, it speaks of something that is alive forevermore and with it being a blessing from the LORD then as limitless as the LORD is, the blessing also will be limitless. So that is why we should walk in unity.
Am I saying we should embrace unholy doctrine? I am not saying that for a second but what I am saying is that we should be focusing on the majors that we do agree with. We should not be focusing on things that divide us such as worship styles, how we take communion or minor theological points that are not “Salvation issues”. I say this because on the mission field the churches have greater results when they focus their energies together so why do we not learn that lesson back home. Let’s dwell in unity, work together in one purpose and leave the results up to God!
God bless and I pray this was a blessing and please feel free to like, share or comment on here or whatever social media platforms you use as the Lord leads you to