Bible Reading: Psalm 133
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, coming down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard, coming down upon the edge of his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon coming down upon the mountains of Zion; for there the Lord commanded the blessing-life forever.
David in this Psalm uses some beautiful language as he paints for us a picture of simplicity. Actually, the picture itself is beautiful … the concept though is simple. Unity is important. It’s important for families, and it is important for churches as well. God’s people need to have unity with one another.
It’s all too easy to be discouraged as we look around and see our nation in turmoil. There is rioting in the streets. Universities are erupting in violence. The police are considered by many to be the “enemy.” In short, our nation has very little unity. We are deeply polarized politically and philosophically on virtually every issue. Perhaps our nation has NO unity.
You might ask the question, why is unity so important? In one of Jesus’ final acts on this earth, prior to His crucifixion, He prayed to the Father that the church might have unity (John 17). We should have a rock solid desire to be on the same page with God’s will and purpose for our lives. We must read our Bibles and pray. We must grasp on tightly to one another, and share each other’s burdens. We must care for one another as if they were our own, because they are!
You see, unity is what displays to the world what the love of Christ is really all about. When we have a unity of love for one another and a unity of purpose in sharing that love with those around us, that’s when folks can see the gospel being acted out in us. So today, strive for unity in God’s plan of loving others and sharing His truth.
Weekly Memory Verse: How blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, Who walks in His ways. Psalm 128:1