Thursday, May 3, 2012

Anti-Psalm 133

(If you're tempted to skip this one, at least click the Ray Ortlund link below and read that.)


We considered Psalm 133 last night in prayer meeting.
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.
You might not know much about oil on the brain or beard, or about Mount Hermon and it's proverbial dew, but the point is pretty clear. Unity is good and pleasant. And it has a trickle down, waterfall, radiating, ripple effect.

The opposite is also true. Disunity has the same effect. You could call it Anti-Psalm 133.
Behold, how bad and bitter it is when Christians live in complaining, conflicted, contentious disunity. 
It is like a leak in the roof that leads to water stains and mold and carpenter ants and headaches.
It is like the crayon in the laundry that leaves its mark on nearly the whole load of clothes. 
How does Anti-Psalm 133 work out in a church? Ray Ortlund nails it.

How does Psalm 133 work out in a church? The Apostle Paul nails it.

Let's be eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace! If we aren't, Bethel could be blown up in no time. "It only take three weeks."

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