“How wonderful, how beautiful, when brothers and sisters get along!”
Psalm 133:1 (Message Bible)
After the recent dry spell we had a night of rain and what a difference it made. It brought refreshing to my garden and everything that had been struggling to grow breathed a sigh of relief; that you could almost hear!
Unity is like that—it is good for the soul and brings a sigh of contentment. Unity or togetherness brings a refreshing, a sweet smelling fragrance, to the lives of those who dwell together in unity, which overflows to others.
In Psalm 133 above, David extols the benefits of living together in harmony, “How wonderful, how beautiful, when brothers and sisters get along!”
If we pause here and ask the question; “What is it like?” Verse 2 brings David’s answer; “It’s like costly anointing oil flowing down Aaron’s beard, flowing down the collar of his priestly robes.” This was of course the oil used to anoint the priests. (Exodus 30:30-31). The fragrance of this sacred oil must have been out of this world because many precious spices were mixed together to produce it and in the mixing they became unified into one fragrance.
But unity is also likened to something else by David: Verse 3 says, “It is like the dew on Mount Hermon flowing down the slopes of Zion. Yes, that’s where God commands the blessing, ordains eternal life.” This dew was proverbial because it kept the slopes of Hermon lush and green all year round. The picture being painted here is one of nourishment and blessings for that whole area, bringing to it refreshment and producing growth. The togetherness of God’s people also enriches, refreshes, revitalises, causes growth, and God blesses them with the power to bring that refreshment to the world by his Spirit.
In conclusion, we might just consider what the Apostle Peter says over in 1 Peter 3:8-9, “Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless—that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing.”
Glorious Father, strengthen us by your Spirit that we might become an overwhelming blessing to those around us, reflecting your love and our unity in Jesus Christ.
Study by Cliff Neill
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
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