(Psalm 133) 1 How good and pleasant it is when God’s people 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 on the collar of his robe. 3 It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.
I look back on some of the most difficult times of my life and I am amazed to think of how much better bad situations were made by simply choosing to be in unity with my family. Discord only serves to exacerbate the negativity that is already at hand, but when we instead become unified, with one mind, we are bound together…made stronger by love.
God hasn’t promised us that life will be perfect. In fact, quite the opposite. We are guaranteed, because of sin, to encounter hardship and temptation. How we opt to react is entirely up to us. “Good and pleasant” doesn’t refer to the circumstance, it refers to our reaction TO circumstance! When you’re in the midst of opposition, whatever it may be, it’s always “good and pleasant” to be able to come home to a family who speak lovingly to you and to one another. It’s “good and pleasant” to have a church family that is unified…that will edify one another in truth and love…that is a safe place to come to when your home life is falling apart.
You know, we serve a loving God, but there are certain things that He cannot abide. I bet you would never dream something YOU do would be on that list…but let’s have a look anyway.
(Proverbs 6: 16-19) 16 There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him, 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, 19 a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
I don’t know about you, but if God hates it…I don’t want to be doing it! A family is a delicate thing, and the church family is no different. It is to be respected, each member treated with love and kindness. This is where unity begins. When you feel “good and pleasant” feelings toward your brothers and sisters, you are then able to come together as one, rather than a clique here and another clique there. Setting all else aside, a body of believers can be a very powerful force in the lives of one another and more importantly in the world. But…it takes unity…and unity requires love.
We ought never allow Satan to send us on a detour through the desert by giving into our own pettiness and weakness of the flesh. Instead, we have to bite back that untamed beast of a tongue, resist the temptation to have those whispered conversations in the church hallways and restrooms, and work together to create an atmosphere that is, yes you guessed it, “good and pleasant.”
Prayer: Father in Heaven, I am humbled by the promises of Your word. I know that through it, I am corrected, instructed, and made better. Help me to never sow discord among Your people, but to always remember that unity is the lifeblood of Your church. Amen.