Bible Study: Psalm 133

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!  It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;  As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.”

When Christ saves us we are born into a family.  This family is called the church and it is has a universal scope to as it consists of all those that have been called out by the Lord.  There’s no hermits with the Lord.  No lone rangers.  No christian is an island.  To be separate from the church but claim to know Christ is to cut the head from the body.  Yes, Christ alone is sufficient for salvation but salvation places us into the community of Christ.

Community is a combination of the words “common” and “unity.”  Community then is a group that displays unity through a common focus.  Simple right?  The Christian community is a group of people who are brought together by the grace of God around a common focus which is Christ.  Yet, unity isn’t always easy.  That is why the psalmist writes how pleasant it is when “brethren dwell together in unity!”

Ointment and water have always been a symbol of the Holy Spirit.  In order for the church to have unity we must have the Spirit.  We are all to seek to keep the unity of the Spirit according to Ephesians 4:1-6.  The Holy Spirit of God is able to help of over any boundaries that we have erected between us and other believers.  No hinderance to our fellowship is able to keep true brethren from dwelling together in unity.  God showed that even on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2 that language barriers could be broken by Spirit.  Lord, we need your Holy Spirit to run between the family members of God like precious oil.  Saturate our hearts with peace like the morning dew.

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