Day 135

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Psalms 131, 133, 138-141 and 143 (NIV)

Daniel Contois, Worship Team
Specifically Psalm 133:1

“How good and pleasant it is    when God’s people live together in unity”

Just open up your web browser, turn on the news, or read your local paper and it will not take you very long to see how divided this world is — ethnic groups fighting each other, violence in schools and homes, political conflict, spouses at war with each other, morality issues, management and labor disputes, and the list goes on.

It seems like I’m always asking myself, “Why can’t people just get along and live in peace with each other?”

It’s in those times that the following words sound sweet and precious.

“How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!  It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of his robes.  It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.” (Psalm 133:1-3 NIV)

Psalm 133 reminds us that “Unity” is amongst the brethren. “Unity” is being of the same mind, not just about coexisting peacefully. We are called to coexist peacefully in this world, but to be unified, and of one mind with one another, is really only something we can do with one another as believers.

Philippians 2:2, “Then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.”
The Psalmist expresses the importance of us all dwelling together in unity, because when we do, Christ is glorified and others are able to see Him as He is. God gave us one Earth to Share. Brothers and sisters come together, celebrating differences, and living in unity.

Heavenly Father, there are so many things that can keep us divided. Keep us united and focused on your son. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

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4 responses »

  1. Great extraction Dan, again we are given so much information to digest and learn from and today is no different. I found myself drawn to the following passages for the personal connections that I feel that I have with them.

    Psalm 139:7-8 (NIV)
    Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

    ( I can relate to this because when I ran from the church and believers and it took the longest time for me to realize that what I was running from was attached and inside of me. In retrospect I see He was always with me, even in the darkest depths that I chose to hide)

    Psalm 139:23-24 (NIV) Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
    See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

    ( I came back to Him and surrendered to His will for my life. I let Him take up housekeeping in my heart and soul and He is leading me in the way everlasting)

    Psalm 141:3-4 (NIV) Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.
    Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil so that I take part in wicked deeds along with those who are evildoers; do not let me eat their delicacies.

    ( He is consistently showing me where I need to focus my effort to become the man He wants me to be. He is there with me when I am tempted to do wrong and shows me the way out. When I fail, He is quick to forgive and we pick up where we left off)

    Psalm 143:7-10 (NIV)
    Answer me quickly, Lord; my spirit fails.Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit.
    Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.
    Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.
    Rescue me from my enemies, Lord, for I hide myself in you.
    Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground

    (This feels like full circle, we started out with “Where can I flee from your presence?” and end with “Do not hide your face from me” which is where I am now, knowing that any gain I make in my spiritual formation is His gain from His Spirit at work in me because I know fully that I can’t make these changes in me on my own.)

  2. The Psalms of Ascent were songs that were sung as Your people were making their way to Your Holy Temple, somewhat like our journey to church today. But how often I fail to prepare my heart before I enter into worship. Father, as Dan pointed out, unity is where You bestow the blessing and the anointing. I have taken that fore-granted. You clearly tell us, if your brother has something against you, leave your gift at the altar, go and reconcile with your brother and then come back and offer your gift.(Matt. 5:23-34). You have no use for my “dirty” gifts of praise, tithe, worship, etc.
    Ps 139:23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
    24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting.
    Cleanse me, Lord. Lead me in Your way for there is no other way.

  3. Thanks for you thoughts Dan. Unity seems to be more and more rare today. This type of unity only comes through the working of the Holy Spirit. The like mindedness is Christ-mindedness. Through the work of the Holy Spirit the body of believers can have unity despite the diversity of the community of believers. And it is this unity that shows that shows the world that we are of God’s Kingdom.

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