Dwelling Together in Unity

Behold, how good and pleasant it is
when brothers dwell in unity!”
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!
It is like the dew of Hermon,
which falls on the mountains of Zion!
For there the Lord has commanded the blessing,
life forevermore. 
                             --Psalm 133:1-2

           What an interesting picture this is! This psalm is described as a “song of ascents” which God’s people would sing as they made their way up “the mountains of Zion” and up the temple steps as they gathered there for the various prescribed feast days. It speaks of the family of God dwelling together in unity being both “good and pleasant.” Get the picture… the roads, streets and alleys of Jerusalem thronged with people… joyful singing… hearts lifted up at the prospect of worshiping together… united in their love for God and in brotherhood.

           They sang of the unity of God’s family which was said to be like the sweet scented oil with which Aaron, the first high priest, was anointed as it ran down from his head through his beard and onto his priestly robe. The priest would now approach God in their behalf, taking their sacrifices and their prayers before Him. That unity is also compared to the beautiful, peaceful, refreshing dew that fell on Mount Hermon and upon the mountains of Zion where God had commanded the blessing of “life forevermore.”

           How much more should God’s people today rejoice in the unity into which God has brought His family! We don’t have to attain unity, it is a gift of God, given to each of us as we are joined together in His one great family. How zealously we should guard that precious unity! We should allow nothing to interfere with our God-blessed oneness. Certainly we should not allow factional fractures to interfere with our relationship with God and with our brothers and sisters in Christ.

           As we go before Him we should remember the one who has been anointed as our High Priest, Jesus, the Son of God, (Heb. 4:14-15) We should joyfully remember that it is through Him and Him alone that we have been brought together to enjoy God and His blessings. Nothing else is as important as this.

           We, like those addressed in Hebrews 12:22, “…have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem…” Unlike the people in David’s day who were “marching on to Zion,” we are already there – if not in place, then in relationship. Let us rejoice in our oneness with all those who also have come to call upon the name of the Lord!What an interesting picture this is! This psalm is described as a “song of ascents” which God’s people would sing as they made their way up “the mountains of Zion” and up the temple steps as they gathered there for the various prescribed feast days. It speaks of the family of God dwelling together in unity being both “good and pleasant.” Get the picture… the roads, streets and alleys of Jerusalem thronged with people… joyful singing… hearts lifted up at the prospect of worshiping together… united in their love for God and in brotherhood.

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