Hello, I’m Daniel Westfall on the channel “Pray with Me”.
Psalm 133 reads,
How good and how pleasant it is
when families live together in unity.
It is like precious oil poured on the head,. . .
running down on Aaron’s beard,
down the collar of his robe.
It is like the dew of Hermon
falling on Mount Zion.
For there the Lord bestows his blessing,
life forevermore (vv. 1-3).
What’s your take on the good life? In this psalm, the poet sees it as a family living together peacefully. They have a wider family, a community of faith that follows after God. Morning dew refreshes their land, bringing days of peace and nights of rest. God blesses the family and the community with his best gift: life forevermore.
Our father, how good it is when families live in unity. When they don’t permit differences in wealth or success or politics or vaccines to cause dissension. They may cheer for different hockey teams, but always for each other. Though some are liberal in their theology and politics and others conservative; still, they feast together at Thanksgiving and Christmas and love each other in between.
The goodness of unity is like the anointing oil running down the hair and beard of Aaron, a sign of peace and plenty. Perhaps in our day it is like standing in the shower, hot water massaging sore muscles, soap cleansing hair and body, the rhythm of the water soothing mind and heart. O God, wash us with the water of your word. Anoint us with the oil of your Spirit.
You respond to this unity of families and community by blessing their land, as morning dew refreshes the earth, the crops grow, and their world is at peace.
O God, we honor you and each other and creation. Bestow the blessing you promise, protect our temporary home in this world, and prepare our forever home with you. As the poet says,
The Lord bestows his blessing,
life forevermore (v. 3).
I’m Daniel on the channel “Pray with Me”.
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