– Psalm 133:3
The Blessings of Unity
The verse that says “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity” (Psalm 133:1) is among my favorites and the reason it is may be because God wants us to be in communion with one another. In the New Testament letters, there are almost 50 “one another’s” which seems to show the importance of brothers and sisters in Christ dwelling together in unity and in harmony. There are fewer things more sweet or pleasant that seeing the members of the body of Christ, the church living, serving, loving, praying, and being unified in Christ with one another.
The Preciousness of Unity
When the psalmist wrote that unity “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” (Psalm 133:2), he was using the image of oil which is representative of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God makes unity possible but the spirit of man does just the opposite. When Christians divide over non-essentials, there is disharmony and confusion. This is truly not God’s will, but when the Spirit of God runs through the members of the church, only then can unity and harmony be possible.
The Blessings of Eternal Life
I believe when the psalmist wrote that “the Lord has commanded the blessing, life forevermore” he may have been referring to eternal life. What greater blessing in this life is there than to be forgiven and granted eternal life through Jesus Christ? How did God make this possible? The Apostle Paul write that “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree” (Gal 3:13) and that tree was the cross upon which Jesus hung for hours upon hours so that we might receive the blessings of eternal life through Him.
I think I take these blessings for granted at times so I need to remind myself (and perhaps you too?) that there are such great blessings in being of one mind and purpose; of being unified by the Spirit of God; and by the blessings upon which we receive eternal life at the expense of the Son of God, so yes and amen to the truth that “The LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore” (Psalm 133:3).