How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony! For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil that was poured over Aaron’s head, that ran down his beard, and onto the border of his robe. Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon that falls on the mountains of Zion. And there the Lord has pronounced his blessing, even life everlasting.
Psalm 133:1-3 (NLT)
Psalm 133 is well known to many Christians. In other translations the word for harmony is unity, but the two words mean the same thing. Harmony – isn’t that a beautiful word!
There is harmony in music, the combination of simultaneously sounded musical notes that produces the pleasing harmony effect. Anyone who has sung in choirs, even those who have listened to choirs singing in harmony, will understand what David meant when he sang, ‘How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony!’
Then we have the harmony of the Gospels, telling the story of Jesus. And there is often discussion about harmony in our world, a very good discussion to have, because without harmony there is division.
The harmony that David sings of in Psalm 133 however is much more than musical, organisational or political. David sings of the divinely gifted harmony, and of common faith. David likens harmony to the anointing oil poured over the head and running down the beard of Aaron. The oil gave out a sweet and pleasant smell.
There is often rivalry, tension, and stress in our relationships, and it is safe to say that Christians living in disunity and disharmony do not make a good impression on the world.
The Holy Spirit helps believers dwell together in harmony. In Romans 15:5 (Amplified Bible) we read, ‘Now may the God who gives endurance and who supplies encouragement grant that you be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus…’ (Amplified Bible). And in Ephesians 4:2-3 (NIV) we read, ‘… be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.’
Eternal God, we pray for peace, unity, and harmony in relationships and in the church, and with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, help us to be people of harmony. In Jesus’ name, Amen
Study by Dennis Payne
About the writer:
Dennis Payne is a Deacon in the Central London congregation
of Grace Communion International.
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