27/09/2017 | Psalm 133 | A United Family of God | Colleen Stringer
Psalm 133 NLT David.
How wonderful and pleasant it is
when brothers live together in harmony!
2 For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil
that was poured over Aaron’s head,
that ran down his beard
and onto the border of his robe.
3 Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon
that falls on the mountains of Zion.
And there the Lord has pronounced his blessing,
even life everlasting.
We continue with the theme of unity.
David writes this Psalm, not only as a celebration of his coronation in unifying the kingdom; but that he writes this Psalm as a father filled with wisdom, writing it to his sons who are family but acting like their enemies. And this Psalm teaches us that there is power in unity. It suggests that unity produces an atmosphere and ambiance by which the anointing of God can flow.
Within Psalm 133 are 2 metaphors describing and expressing what it is like when kindred (spirits) living together in harmony and unity.
- An illustration from the sacred realm: The reference to Aaron describes a monumental moment in the history of Israel Exodus 29: 1-9
7 Take the anointing oil and anoint him by pouring it on his head.
This was not lost on these Israelite pilgrims. To sing a song on the immutable –undeniable-absolute anointing as the children of God was profound and no doubt really emotional. From this illustration, we learn about the nature of Christian unity. Christian unity is built around a common response to God’s call. David likens Christian unity to the oil used to anoint Aaron as the high priest of Israel. It was only as Aaron was willing to respond to God’s call that he was anointed; and it is only as God’s people respond to God’s call that they will be truly unified.
Ephesians 4:1-3 (NLT)
It is interesting to note that the phrase in this passage, “make every effort,” is a military term which literally refers to “striving like a warrior.” We need to make a determined effort to answer the call of God to dwell together in unified commitment to Him. There are some interesting parallels between God’s call to Aaron and his call to us. Anointing oil was expensive…adds value to us.
- Aaron was called to represent people before God and so are we –
“The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know.” 1 Timothy 2:1 (The Message)
- “But you are God’s chosen and special people. You are a group of royal priests and a holy nation. God has brought you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Now you must tell all the wonderful things that he has done.” 1 Peter 2:9 (CEV)
- An illustration from the secular realm: v3Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermonthat falls on the mountains of Zion.
David is saying that when brothers in Christ are united by a common commitment to the Christ’s Lordship come together in unity; it is good and pleasant; and it has life-giving results. John 17:20-23 (NIV)
Dew develops because of ATMOSPHERIC conditions; and dew develops in winter, spring, summer and fall. It is developed at nighttime…So that anointing, dew and power—is not about the SEASON that you are in. It’s about the atmosphere you create, no matter what season you are in.
The anointing of God cannot flow where there is strife, division or backbiting.
When the people of God begin to walk in unity, then the Spirit of God can begin to move. And when the Spirit of God begins to move, things begin to happen.
Pentecost…in one accord Acts 2.
Christian unity is a heart union of believers ready to work together for the purpose of glorifying God and furthering the work of his kingdom. John 13:34-35 (NIV)
When it was born in Jerusalem, the church was a Fellowship. When it went to Greece, it became a Philosophy. When it went to Rome, it became an Institution. When it went to Europe, it became a Culture. When it went to America it became an Enterprise. How the Church needs to return to being a Fellowship!
“Let’s each commit ourselves to the Lordship of Christ, so that we might build his church together!