Psalm 133:1 - The Blessings of Unity.

Psalm 133:1 - The Blessings of Unity.

Psalm 133:1 (NKJV) Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for 
brethren to dwell together in unity!  

Psalm 133:1 (CWR) How good and pleasant it is for God's people 
to live together in unity. 

Psalm 133 - The Lord Blesses His Children Living in Unity. 

Psalm 133 is one of four songs of ascent attributed to David 
(see Ps. 122; 124; 131). With its emphasis on the unity of the 
believers, this poem anticipates Jesus' prayer in John 17. The structure of 
the psalm is as follows: (1) a portrait of the beauty of unity (v. 
1); (2) the blessing of unity (vv. 2, 3). [Nelson SB] 

Unity of the brethren is pictured as being as precious as the 
oil of priestly consecration and as refreshing as the early mountain 
dew. [Ryrie SB] 

Unity. Crucial quality of God's people (John 17:11, 21), an 
agreement on the principles and purposes of life which makes relationships 
harmonious, lasting, and pleasant. People living in unity are committed and 
faithful to the cause and to each other. Outward unity is a manifestation 
of the inward unity. True unity is refreshing like dew, and such 
community God blesses (v. 3). [Andrews SB] 

It is the will of God that union and brotherly love should exist 
among His people... While we are not to sacrifice one principle of 
truth, it should be our constant aim to reach this state of unity. This 
is the evidence of our discipleship. Said Jesus, "By this shall all 
men know that ye are My disciples, if ye have love one to another." 
John 13:35. {PP 520}   

   It is one thing for a group of people to journey together to 
Jerusalem for a feast and quite something else for them to live together 
day after day. Abraham and Lot, Isaac and his family, Jacob and 
Laban, and Joseph's brothers remind us that brethren do not always 
dwell together in unity.  
   Unity must come down from above, like the oil running down 
Aaron's beard and bathing the twelve jewels on the breastplate (Exod. 
29:5-7), or like the dew descending on the mountains. You can manufacture 
uniformity by manipulating people and exerting pressure, but true unity can 
come only from God by His Spirit.  
   Unity is good like the dew and produces fruitfulness. It is 
pleasant like the oil and produces a lovely fragrance. Divisions among 
God's people produce opposite results. Have you heeded the admonition 
of Ephesians 4:1-6? [Chapter by Chapter Bible Commentary by Warren 

David stated that unity is pleasant and precious. Unfortunately, 
unity does not abound in the church as it should. People disagree and 
cause division over unimportant issues. Some delight in causing 
tension by discrediting others. Unity is important because (1) it makes 
the church a positive example to the world and helps draw others to 
us; (2) it helps us cooperate as a body of believers as God meant us 
to, giving us a foretaste of heaven; (3) it renews and revitalizes 
ministry because there is less tension to sap our energy. [Life 
Application SB] 

Living in unity does not mean that we will agree on everything; 
there will be many opinions just as there are many notes in a musical 
chord. But we must agree on our purpose in life--to work together for 
God. Our outward expression of unity will reflect our inward unity of 
purpose. [Life Application SB] 

The excellency of brotherly love... It is good for us, for our 
honour and comfort; and brings constant delight to those who live in 
unity. The pleasantness of this is likened to the holy anointing oil. 
This is the fruit of the Spirit, the proof of our union with Christ, 
and adorns his gospel. It is profitable as well as pleasing; it 
brings blessings numerous as the drops of dew. It cools the scorching 
heat of men's passions, as the dews cool the air and refresh the 
earth. It moistens the heart, and makes it fit to receive the good seed 
of the word, and to make it fruitful. [Matthew Henry Commentary] 

The early church was dedicated to being together. They learned 
together, spent free time together, ate together and prayed together. The 
church is meant to be the place where we find true friends.  We are not 
to hide in the church. But we are to look for, and make, our 
friends there. The early church was under intense persecution from the 
pagans surrounding them. It was a hostile environment. In the United 
States we are not directly persecuted. But there is another kind of 
attack. Business demands all our attention and the pace of life is very 
fast. When we do have free time we want to horde it; some of us hide. 
This kind of situation fragments and weakens the church. Consider the 
early church and what God accomplished through it; consider your 
church today, its people and your place in it. Make it the place where 
you forge your friendships and not just another place to avoid.  
Great things for God are accomplished together, not apart!  [In His 
Time; Walk With Wisdom]  

   God has designed His kingdom so that Christians with kindred 
spirits join together. It is exciting when you find another Christian 
who shares the same concerns and burdens that you do! Often, God 
will graciously bring another believer alongside you who will 
undergird you in the work and concerns God has placed on your heart. 
   God releases a powerful dimension of His presence to His 
children when they unite in heart and mind regarding His kingdom. The 
Bible says that when two or more Christians meet and reverently 
discuss matters concerning the Lord, God is pleased to listen to them 
and to respond to their concerns. When two or three believers agree 
in prayer, God chooses to respond to their unity by making His 
powerful presence known in their midst (Mt 18:19-20). When two people 
walked together and discussed the confusing events of Christ's 
crucifixion, Jesus joined them and helped them understand the events of their 
day (Lu 24:13-32). 
   If you are carrying concerns about your family or your church 
or your friends, ask God to bring like-minded believers around you 
to share the burden with you in conversation and in prayer. Don't 
attempt to bear your load of cares on your own. You may pray about them, 
but you will miss the blessing of uniting together with a group of 
believers who join together to intercede for one another and to enjoy 
God's presence. Everything God has woven into the fabric of His 
kingdom promotes interdependence, not individualism. As you face your 
concerns, deliberately seek out other believers with whom you can stand 
and share your load. [Experiencing God Day by Day by Henry and 
Richard Blackaby re Mal. 3:16] 

   In Dakota, Kathleen Norris writes: "A Benedictine sister from 
the Philippines once told me what her community did when some 
sisters took to the streets in the popular revolt against the Marcos 
regime. Some did not think it proper for nuns to demonstrate in public, 
let alone risk arrest. In a group meeting that began and ended with 
prayer, the sisters who wished to continue demonstrating explained that 
this was for them a religious obligation; those who disapproved also 
had their say. Everyone spoke; everyone heard and gave counsel. 
   "It was eventually decided that the nuns who were 
demonstrating should continue to do so; those who wished to express solidarity 
but were unable to march would prepare food and provide medical 
assistance to the demonstrators, and those who disapproved would pray for 
everyone. The sisters laughed and said, 'If one of the conservative 
sisters was praying that we young, crazy ones would come to our senses 
and stay off the streets, that was okay. We were still a 
   God calls some to action, others to support, and still others 
to pray. Each will be doing what is "right" in His eyes if they 
obey His call! [God's Little Devotional Bible re 1Jo.2:29] 

   We don't have to look far to find examples of unity and its 
benefits. Any choir, sports team, play, or family will work far better if 
there's unity among its members. What area of your life depends on 
   When we have to work with others, sometimes it helps to be 
reminded of the value of unity. Psalm 133 is just such a reminder-check 
it out...  
   David described unity as pleasant and precious (Psalm 
133:1-3). Unfortunately, unity does not come without effort-in fact, it 
costs a great deal. We naturally disagree and divide ranks, usually 
over issues that matter, but just as often over unimportant ones, 
too. It takes work to overcome this nature. Yet unity is important 
enough to work at making this change for several reasons: (1) It makes 
God's people a positive example and helps draw others to him. (2) It 
helps us cooperate as God meant us to, giving us a foretaste of 
heaven. (3) It renews and revitalizes ministry because there is less 
tension to sap our energy.  
   Living in unity does not mean that God's people have to agree 
on everything. But we must agree on the issue that matters most-our 
ultimate purpose in life-loving God and one another. [The One Year 
Through the Bible Devotional by Dave Veerman re Psalm 133] 


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