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 (ESV) —
Psalm 133 is grouped in with a few other psalms toward the end of the book, called “Songs of the Ascent.” Back in Jesus’ day, and even hundreds of years before that, they would be quoted and sung as Jews made their ascent into the city of Jerusalem for Passover. To get the full vibe of Psalm 133, re-read it and try to hear it being sung by families and groups of friends as they made their joyful annual trek into the old city of Jerusalem.
There’s a lot that can be learned from this Psalm, but my favorite part is the end: “For there the Lord has commanded the blessing, life forevermore.”
God commands a blessing where there is unity.
Where there is unity, God doesn’t hope or suggest there will be a blessing. He puts His best angels and resources on it and makes it happen.
God blesses unity.
Why? One of the most profound reasons comes from one of Jesus’ final prayers before His crucifixion. In John 17, Jesus prayed that we would be united so that the world would believe that God sent Jesus (see John 7:20-21).
Our unity proves Jesus’ identity to a lost, divided world.
In a world that is constantly divided, the church needs to stay united. Let’s fight for it. God commands a blessing where He sees it.
K E V I N • M I L L E R
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