Ps.133:1-3 – 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.
Let’s face it, all of us are looking for happiness and contentment in life. I guess where we differ is in our search for this blessedness. Today’s scripture can help point us in the right direction. In this Psalm of David we find direction to this life of happiness. David says that we can find it in the most unexpected place, he says we find it in the harmony of the Spirit found in the body of Christ. Rather than in independence and doing our own thing there is a place of freedom and blessedness found only in the community of the body of Christ. There is actually a flow of love amongst His people that flows from the Father and the Son right through His church. David also called this the place of commanded blessing. Here are some thoughts from Matthew Henry on today’s verse.
“There, where brethren dwell together in unity, the Lord commands the blessing, a complicated blessing, including all blessings. It is God’s prerogative to command the blessing, man can but beg a blessing. Blessings according to the promise are commanded blessings, for he has commanded his covenant for ever. Blessings that take effect are commanded blessings, for he speaks and it is done. They are everlastingly blessed. The blessing which God commands on those that dwell in love is life for evermore; that is the blessing of blessings. Those that dwell in love not only dwell in God, but do already dwell in heaven….. Those that live in love and peace shall have the God of love and peace with them now, and they shall be with him shortly, with him for ever, in the world of endless love and peace.”
Church has its share of detractors. I can’t even begin to count the times I have heard people say they don’t believe in the organized church. From the Lord’s perspective that is like saying you don’t believe in Him. After all, church is why He became a man and why He died. I love His imperfect church, it is the place where He pours out His oil of love, it is the place of absolute blessedness.