Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Psalm 133: Unity Displayed by Respect, Anointing and Humility

Psalm 133:1

BEHOLD, HOW good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

Have you ever been at odds with someone and felt the tight-chested, nauseating feeling that results from disunity?  Of course, we all have felt that way.  Our Abba loves us and desires unity of heart among His children.  Unity of heart doesn't mean we don't vary in our opinions; it means our differing opinions SHOULD NOT curb or decrease the holy, eternal love that we have for one another!  

One way holy love manifests is by respecting another person.  

Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary defines respect as a: a high or special regard : esteem b : the quality or state of being esteemed

We can respect/love a person without seeing "eye-to-eye" with them!

Psalm 133:2

It is like the precious ointment poured on the head, that ran down on the beard, even the beard of Aaron [the first high priest], that came down upon the collar and skirts of his garments [consecrating the whole body].

The Holy Spirit is often symbolized as oil.  It is not the physical oil that anoints a person; it is God's Spirit that anoints!  Although this verse refers to one person being anointed, could that person be a type for the church at large?  The oil's (Holy Spirit's) anointing causes the whole body to be consecrated!  As we walk out unity in the body of Christ, that body becomes consecrated, set apart for the Lord.  It is the that consecrated Bride for which Jesus is returning.

Psalm 133:3

It is like the dew of [lofty] Mount Hermon and the dew that comes on the hills of Zion; for there the Lord has commanded the blessing, even life forevermore [upon the high and the lowly].

No matter a person's station in life, whether deemed high or low, the Lord commands a blessing as the result of walking out unity.  What pops out at me is the example of blessing given, "even life forevermore."  That sounds like eternal life to me.  That is exciting and sobering at the same time!  If I choose to walk in unity with my brothers and sisters, the blessing I receive (through Jesus) is eternity.  If I insist that I am right and you are wrong and place myself above out of stubborn pride, what does that infer about the blessing of life forevermore?  

James 4:6

But He gives us more and more grace ([a]power of the Holy Spirit, to meet this evil tendency and all others fully). That is why He says, God sets Himself against the proud and haughty, but gives grace [continually] to the lowly (those who are humble enough to receive it).

I believe the root of disunity is pride.  Let's keep ourselves humble in all circumstances and with all people.  If we do, then God promises to give us more and more grace (power) to meet this evil tendency!  

We need all the grace our earthly bodies can handle!

Holy Spirit, empower us to respect each other's differences, receive Your Holy Spirit anointing in order to consecrate us, and remain humble always.  We need, no, we require Your grace to walk through this life!  All for Jesus and in His name, AMEN!!!

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