Prepare to Listen. Light the pink and two purple candles. Be still and pray: Listen to me, you that pursue righteousness, you that seek the LORD (Is 51:1).
Prayerfully Read Psalm 133
1How very good and pleasant it is
when kindred live together in unity!
2It is like the precious oil on the head,
running down upon the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
running down over the collar of his robes.
3It is like the dew of Hermon,
which falls on the mountains of Zion.
For there the LORD ordained his blessing,
life for evermore.
“How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!” I don’t know of anyone who’d disagree. I do know many people who find it nearly impossible to achieve! As a former colleague liked to say, ‘Oh to live with saints above, that will be glory. Living here with saints below, well that’s another story!’
The psalmist describes the ideal; something to strive towards. She uses two images, oil and dew, as “symbols of blessing that celebrate the goodness and pleasantness of those who dwell together in unity” . Oil was poured over priests and kings, as a sign of their anointing and a symbol of God’s presence. The idea is that where saints live in harmonious unity (not agreement on all things, but peaceful unity despite differences) God’s presence is known experientially.
But it’s the dew image that intrigues me. Mt Zion is where Jerusalem was established and where the Temple was situated. It’s about 125 miles south of Mt Hermon in Lebanon. The pray-er sings that dew intended for Mt Hermon in the north, waters Mt Zion instead. Dew from a neighboring state waters the people of God. That’s what true unity is like. It’s effects are felt miles away. Yes, it is very good and pleasant when we live together in unity.
Reflect on ways you might be able to live in harmony with others, despite disagreements; ways that unite rather than separate.
Respond to Jesus
Lord, we live in divisive times, even your saints below separate from those who disagree with them, vote differently to them or oppose them on issues. Pour your oil and dew upon us so that your presence becomes an experienced reality that even the world feels it in us. Amen.
Go live obediently in the world that desperately needs to see us living in unity.
 deClaissé-Walford, N, et al. The Book of Psalms. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2014, p. 939.
I am convinced that reading the Christian Bible is essential for our Christian spiritual nourishment. I speak from experience, over 60 years of experience. I also believe we'll never get bored reading the Bible over and over. Each time I read it, I learn something new. Read with me during Advent and learn to wait for Christ with heart and mind alert for his coming. The readings draw on my background of study and teaching the Bible for over 30 years.