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Pastor's Column

Blessing in Harmony

  Psalm 133 - Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! 2 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! 3 It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the Lord has commanded the blessing, life forevermore.

  What a blessing it is when we can dwell in unity with our brothers and sisters in Christ. In fact, this is the precise location of the blessing commanded by the Lord, namely “life forevermore (v. 3).” The contrast becomes when brothers and sisters in Christ exist without the presence of unity…when reconciliation is discarded and ways are parted.

  As the people of Israel gather to worship the one true God, they receive His blessings that flow from unity in spirit and practice. The psalmist illustrates this unity by recalling Aaron’s ordination before the people of Israel. As the oil poured over his head and continued down his beard in the presence of the gathered faithful, the sound of rejoicing breaks forth. In the same way, the water that flows from Mt. Hermon and nourishes the land and speaks of blessing.

  The harsh reality is that we most often experience the opposite of what Psalm 133 describes. Our lives are filled with disunity, strife and conflict – this includes our homes, our communities and yes, especially our churches. Where are we to turn when unity has been lost? As the psalmist writes, “…the mountains of Zion! For there the Lord has commanded the blessing, life forevermore.”

  Through the sound of battle on earth comes the voice of Christ, from Zion beckoning you to,"come to me…,” and “learn from me” for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.


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