A Song of Ascents. Of David. 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
It wasn’t difficult, upon reading these words, to see the juxtaposition to the state of things in our world today. It is rare to find unity between brothers in both the literal and figurative sense of the word.
But then I realized that is exactly David’s point. Disunity is nothing new. It’s been around since Cain killed his brother Abel. It will be around until Jesus returns.
David tells us to Behold! for unity is a rare and wonderful thing. It is sacred like the precious oil poured over the High Priest’s head.
That’s why Jesus said,
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”John 13:34-35
Jesus knew that if love and unity were witnessed among believers, people would take notice. He also knew that we would need this love and unity if we were to endure to the end.
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.Hebrews 10:24-25
I’ll be the first to admit that I have not always fulfilled His commandment. I have failed to love. And yes, I believe that my responsibility to love is greater because of Who I confess to represent.
I’m not talking about a namby-pamby love that ignores and tolerates sin. I’m talking about the fierce love of the Father, the love that desires to see the His children made whole, pure, and blessed.
This is the love we must have for each other, and for the world. And we can. When we submit to His will and allow Him to empower us to do His will.
Not the love that comes and goes, but the love that abides. Not a spirit that separates and divides, but one of unity and accord. Not minds that seek only to debate, but minds which seek to understand.Because where love reigns, God reigns. And until He returns in the flesh, we are His ambassadors.
May our words and actions honor and glorify Him.