June 1st - Psalm 134

This devotional was penned by Eduardo.

As part of today’s reading, we reach the subject of unity in Psalm 133. How relevant to talk about this subject as we go through such difficult times.

Verse 1 points out that unity among God’s people isgood and pleasant. Good in the sense that it is the correct thing for us to want, and so, ought to happen. God desires it and it is our duty to practice it. However, if it was only our duty it may have felt like a burden, and so, it is also pleasant. In other words, we shouldn't live in unity just because it is the right thing to do, rather, it is something we should want, something we should rejoice and delight in. 

The oil analogy in verse 2 looks back to Aaron’s anointing in Exodus 29:7. Expensive oil saturating Aaron signified his total consecration to holy service. And so, this verse is saying that just like the oil sanctified Aaron;unity sanctifies God’s people. 

The dew analogy in verse 3 points out that just like dew of Mount Hermon (a huge mountain North East of Israel) resulted in the smaller mountains in Zion being richly fruitful, so unity will result in great fruits among God’s people.

May unity abound around us more and more, whether at Church, at home with our families or among Christians in general. This Psalm reminds us how important and beneficial this is. Not only as we go through this tough time, but independent of what is happening around us. May we live in peace alongside one another, sharing the same passion to seek and honour God. May we know how to deal with tension or disagreement in the correct, loving manner, but let us agree on our purpose in life - to work together for God, for the benefit and growth of the Church. Ultimately, cooperating as a body of believers will give us a foretaste of what heaven will be like. Let us be one, as the Father and Son are one (John 17:11b).

Unity is good; it ought to happen. It is pleasant; we should delight in it. Like the oil, it sanctifies us; like thedew, it makes us richly fruitful.

Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honour.” 

- 1 Corinthians 12:10.

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