A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem. A psalm of David.
How wonderful and pleasant it is
when brothers live together in harmony!
For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil
that was poured over Aaron’s head,
that ran down his beard
and onto the border of his robe.
Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon
that falls on the mountains of Zion.
And there the LORD has pronounced his blessing,
even life everlasting. Psalm 133:1-3
properly, a unit, i.e. unitedly:—alike, at all (once), both, likewise, only, (al-) together, withal
In Hebrew, the word for harmony is often translated unity or all together.
C. H. Spurgeon writes this of Psalm 133:2:
“In order that we may the better behold brotherly unity David gives us a resemblance, so that as in a glass we may perceive its blessedness. It has a sweet perfume about it, comparable to that precious ointment with which the first High Priest was anointed at his ordination. It is a holy thing, and so again is like the oil of consecration which was to be used only in the Lord’s service. What a sacred thing must brotherly love be when it can be likened to an oil which must never be poured on any man but on the Lord’s high priest alone! It is a diffusive thing: being poured on his head the fragrant oil flowed down upon Aaron’s head, and thence dropped upon his garments till the utmost hem was anointed therewith; and even so doth brotherly love extend its benign power and bless all who are beneath its influence. Hearty concord brings a benediction upon all concerned; its goodness and pleasure are shared in by the lowliest members of the household; even the servants are the better and the happier because of the lovely unity among the members of the family. It has a special use about it; for as by the anointing oil Aaron was set apart for the special service of Jehovah, even so those who dwell in love are the better fitted to glorify God in his church. The Lord is not likely to use for his glory those who are devoid of love; they lack the anointing needful to make them priests unto the Lord. “That ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard.” This is a chief point of comparison, that as the oil did not remain confined to the place where it first fell, but flowed down the High Priest’s hair and bedewed his beard, even so brotherly love descending from the head distils and descends, anointing as it runs, and perfuming all it lights upon. … Christian affection knows no limits of parish, nation, sect, or age. Is the man a believer in Christ? Then he is in the one body, and I must yield him an abiding love. Is he one of the poorest, one of the least spiritual, one of the least lovable? Then he is as the skirts of the garment, and my heart’s love must fall even upon him. Brotherly love comes from the head, but falls to the feet. Its way is downward. It “ran down,” and it “went down:” love for the brethren condescends to men of low estate, it is not puffed up, but is lowly and meek. This is no small part of its excellence: oil would not anoint if it did not flow down, neither would brotherly love diffuse its blessing if it did not descend.”
With the turmoil and hatred and violence we see all around this world, I am drawn to this beautiful word, harmony. I so desire that we ALL could live in harmony. I want to see everyone as my sister, my brother, my friend. I want love to filter through each one of us to all. Oh, I have these wishes and hopes for all who live on this earth. Am I asking too much?
Jesus said these words to His Father before it was His time to go away from His disciples, from this earth:
I am in them and You are in Me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that You sent Me and that You love them as much as You love Me. John 17:23
He desired this for us all.
In the Greek, the words harmony and unity draw Christ into this oneness.
one, adhere to Christ to make one person, gather together into one
I love this word picture of adhering to Christ…making us one person.
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Romans 12:16
Living this way does not mean everyone must be exactly alike or think the same thoughts. God created us each as His own creation. He wove us in our mother’s womb as one-of-a-kind. Our skin, hair, facial features, bodily shapes, talents…everything about us are one-of-a-kind. So living in unity or harmony is to be who God created us to be…our very selves, yet walk in the ways that God would have us go. He asks us to be kind and love one another, not just to those we want to love…but all. We can love yet not like an action or behavior of another. We are to forgive, to wipe the dust from our feet, to turn the other cheek, bless them through the image of Christ that we are to portray. May we see them as He sees them, I pray.
Music is made up of many notes along scales. There are flats and sharps, minor keys and major keys. There are white keys and black keys on a piano. When music is played or sung, it can be harmonious. The sounds are beautiful from high to low. The music notes are individual but together, they get along, melding together into one piece. Each note does not get huffy about another and go their own way. They work together in one accord.
As people, we should want to live as musical notes, united in the outcome of every beat. We should want to sound beautiful together. This should be like our way of living…in harmony. God wants to see His children living in unity, in one accord.
May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:5-6
And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:14
Oh, these things are hard, yet, in Christ, they are not because the Holy Spirit is our guide. Depending upon Him gives us strength, ability, and love so that we can bless others, speak the Truth, love as Christ loves. Jesus said:
“I can do nothing on My own. As I hear, I judge, and My judgment is just, because I seek not My own will but the will of Him who sent Me.” John 5:30
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. John 15:6
Apart from Jesus, I can do nothing…NOTHING! It is through Him that this harmony, unity can happen.
“Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. For whoever desires to love life
and see good days,
let him keep his tongue from evil
and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good;
let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and His ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” 1 Peter 3:8-12
Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-13
Father God, I lift up this world to You. There is so much discord. It saddens me and hurts too. I want all to be under Your umbrella, sweetly receiving the oil of brotherly love. I want each of us to walk in Your ways and to know that You desire peace among us. I am sorry for things I may say or do that hurt You. I am saddened for that which I see around me whether it be on media or between people at the store. Oh, that I can praise You for Your grace and love cropping up here and there around this place I am calling home now. There is some brotherly love, care and kindness, respect and politeness. May it grow and envelop this city, this state, this country, and this world. May we live together as one…all in one accord. I pray in the Name of Your Holy Son. Amen.