Psalm 133 A song of ascents. Of David.
How good and pleasant it is
when God’s people live together in unity!
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.
It is as if the dew of Hermon
were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the Lord bestows his blessing,
even life forevermore.
Acts 2:42-47 (NIV) The Fellowship of the Believers
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
These passages from today’s Lectionary, praise unity. We probably agree that unity is precious and not easily attained. It is unlikely that a psalmist (poet/song writer) today would resonate using images on oil on beards or dew on mountains or even advocating that we believers share all that we have in common as reported in Acts. (And how are you going to get that oil out of your collar?) We long for unity and perhaps this is why so many of us are so often conflict avoidant. Unity provides a sense of safety and strength against what there is to fear in the world. We are not in a season where true unity is easy to come by, in our church or nation and perhaps even our own homes, but we can feel the power of unity when we pray together in unison or sing with one voice. There are things about which we are unified such as God’s love for us. Each time the cabinet gathers, we pray this prayer. I feel unity in Christ when I am able to live into this prayer. Won’t you pray with me?
New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors, and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, Our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.