Smells Like Unity (Psalm 133:1-3)

 
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 upon the collar of his robes. 3 It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the LORD bestows his blessing even life forevermore.
 
King David loves it when the people of God are unified in God and with each other. To him this unification “smells” like two things very pleasant and odoriferous things:
 
(1) The precious anointing oil that was poured over Aaron when he was ordained as high priest.
(2) The morning dew he breathed in while visiting places like Mt Hermon and Mt Zion.
 
David then proclaims that God is pleased when his people are unified in him. In fact, he loves it so much that he bestows his eternal blessings upon it.
 
Unity occurs when people are agreed on the same goal and living out the same vision. Biblically speaking, the church itself is unified over, “One Lord, One Faith, and One Baptism” (Ephesians 4:5) and a host of other things such as the Great Commandment and Great Commission. Our unity over things such as these fulfills what the 6th century theologian Augustine said was foundational, “In the essentials, unity.”
 
Although we may enjoy the sweet smell of biblical unity in terms of practical unity, not so much. This lack of practical unity is culturally driven in that we are taught to be self-sufficient and independent. The lack of practical unity can summed up in the reality that we really don’t need each other for our physical and material survival, at least not nearly as much as in ages past.
 
Illustrative of this lack of practical unity (i.e., need for one another) is a conversation I had the other day with a friend. His son is in ministry and converses regularly with him about its day-to-day challenges (war stories). With a dismayed look on his face my friend told me that he can’t believe just how divisive Christians can be and how often they leave the church over the most minute and pettiest things. He also lamented the lack of commitment in that people show up only when it’s convenient.
 
Although the need for practical unity isn’t as great as it once was, the need for spiritual unity in the church has never been greater. With tremendous political, cultural, and spiritual forces bearing down on the Church we desperately need to get over our petty differences and regain the sweet smell of unity that King David enjoyed. If disunity is one of the devil’s nuclear weapons against the church let’s regain an unshakable unity that shakes the “gates of hell.”
 
How do we enjoy the sweet smell of unity? Really only one way: be irrevocably loyal to one other until “His Kingdom comes and his will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).
 
Just Do It!
 
Pj
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