Psalm 133:1 How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! 2 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. 3 It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.
Have you ever lived in a home where there is no unity? Or a church where there’s no unity? It’s horrible. There’s no harmony or peace. Everyone’s defending his or her own piece of the pie. It is not a pleasant place to be. The psalmist declares that it is good and pleasant when brothers live together in unity. Unity is the condition of being one or something whole and ultimately in harmony.
The description of unity being like the anointing oil running down Aaron’s head and shoulders is an indicator of how significant unity is to the functioning of the priesthood. The church is described as a royal priesthood in 1 Peter 2. Unity brings a release of the Holy Spirit within the priesthood of believers.
The psalm states the end result of unity is the blessing the Lord bestows. Paul knows this and encourages the church in Ephesians 4 verse 2 and 3 to “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Peace is essential to unity and humility, gentleness, patience and bearing with one another facilitate peaceful relations.
If we want to see the blessing of the Holy Spirit being poured out, we need to pursue unity within the church by maintaining a posture of humility and gentleness in our relationships to one another.
Prayer: “Father, help me to bear with my brothers and sisters in the Lord. Remind me when I am placing my ambition and agenda ahead of my love for others. Lord, let me be gentle when I relate to others in Jesus’ name.”