Praise the Lord, O’ my soul! Praise the Lord!
Psalm 133 reads, “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! 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! It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the LORD has commanded the blessing, life forevermore.”
The Lord spoke to me through the Song of Accent in Psalm 133, a Davidic Psalm which gives a picture of God’s glory and the beauty of unity among brethren in coming together, in dwelling in unity to worship God. It is a picture of people of God who were scattered in habitation, coming together in oneness, perhaps from different churches, from different cultures and from different nations – made possible only by the power, the love and the glory of God.
It is an illustration, commanding brotherly love and harmony; the love of God – from oil to dew, such that the dew of Hermon descends onto Jerusalem, so calm, so gentle and so refreshing. This is a prophetic vision of God’s presence, God’s power and God’s glory which brings forth healing, restoration, unity, blessings, abundance, beauty and fertility to Jerusalem, to the Promised Land of Israel, where brethren gather to worship Him – Him, the King of all kings, the Lord of all Lords and the God of ALL creation! What a glorious sight! Praise the Lord!
Where God is present, there also, will be His blessings; for He is the source of all blessings and life forevermore! Glory to the King!
Beloved, God is knocking at your door, for He desires an intimate, personal, relationship with you. You may enter into that intimacy, as you embrace His call upon your life. The Lord is calling to all His believers and followers, asking them to unify as powerful witnesses to His Love and to be sanctified in His Truth.
In His prayer to God the Father in John 17:17-21, Jesus prayed:
“Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth. I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.”
Receive sanctification, which is progressive, as we follow Jesus; a process which sets us apart for the redemptive works of God, so that we become less and less attached to the world and impure desires. By faith in and in obedience to Christ and His righteousness, we will become more and more attached to the things of God that are unseen and eternal.
Paul wrote to Timothy in Second Timothy 2:21,“Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonourable, he will be a vessel for honourable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.” When we consecrate ourselves to God, we need to discard the values held by those of the world, and judging each other. Even as we go through the trials of this life, may we always remember to take our concerns to God; for “My yoke is easy and My burden is light” says the Jesus (Matthew 11:30). He, who has overcome Satan on the Cross, is infinitely powerful and is more than able to strengthen us and help us overcome our problems and see us through it all, in His glory. As First John 5:4 says, “For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith.”
Jesus said in Luke 10:19, “Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.”
Jesus also promised us in John 16:33, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Paul also said in Second Corinthians 10:3-6,“For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.”
Friends, know that we are living in a world of ungodliness and darkness; and are constantly at war. Put on the full armour of God and stand for Jesus against the schemes of the devil. Guard your heart – rebuke the evil one, his lies and deception that bring misunderstanding, confusion, discord and strife, torn by conflicts – in the church and in our personal life. Be awakened to God, resist pride that stands in the way of His purpose and our destiny; and see things as God would see it. Let us uphold godly values and walk in humility with God – in love, in purity, in mercy and in justice.
The Words spoken by Jesus in Luke 6:37 says, “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven…” Yes, to be sure, “In Christ, we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory”(Ephesians 1:11-12).
God desires our unity in Him and in love – both, in His church and in our personal life. Paul encouraged us in Ephesians 4:2-4 “to walk in the manner worthy of the calling to which we are called – with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
Regardless of our wealth, ethnicity, age, knowledge, our position or status, the denomination we belong to, the maturity of our faith, the spiritual gifts we possess; let us endeavour to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, praying for all believers to be united in mind, in truth and in love.
“Know that grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift” (Ephesians 4:7).
In Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus and other churches near it, he warned Christians in Ephesians 4:26-32 about the “danger of anger” and said: “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labour, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamour and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
Brethren, let us stand in unity and in love, for as Paul has assured us inGalatians 3:26-29 saying that, “in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.” ”He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers will not be hurt by the second death” (Revelation 2:11). Praise the Lord!
Let us get ourselves ready, for “according to His promise, we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace” (2 Peter 3:13-14).
To God be the glory, the honour and the dominion forever and ever!
Amen and Amen!