Eternal life is the life God lives—the quality of life God lives. The Timeless Psalms: Psalm 133, (Pentecost 9A), Joan Stott, prayers and meditations based on lectionary Psalms, 2011. ◄Psalm 133:1 ► Behold, how good and how pleasant it is when brothers live in harmony! This is a little bit different way of looking at it. This week’s scripture: Psalm 133. I expect however that the psalm's meaning is really what gave her that attraction, and I think that is what it was that also gave her a hope, a goal, and a prayer by what is expressed in it. When Brothers Dwell in Unity I have heard a great many sermons on this unity, and read a fair number of books on it. That is where all of this has to go. Psalms 133. Some of them do not seem appropriate to returning to the land. If one was at one of the anointings of the high priest, one would always associate that smell with that ceremony, and if one would ever smell that again, one could probably only smell it again at another anointing of a high priest and it would bring back those memories of that other pleasant time when another Levite, a son of Aaron, was raised to the rank of high priest. We are that High Priest's body, and we do what the Head says. (Proverbs 25:16), So some things are good but not pleasant, and some things are pleasant but not good, but when you’re living together in unity, you get the best of both worlds. It’s both good, and good for you! You have been given an anointing from God which remains in you. Prayer of the People Adapted from Joan Stott . Worship, unity and blessing are all tied up together. That is why there is that little bit of irony. No! (Psalm 133:1-3, ESV) Brothers Living Together in Unity (Psalm 133:1) The first line presents the theme. 1. garment, clothing - מד (BDB 551) 2. measure - מדד (BDB 551)\ 133:3 How … It is the way you minister to one another by showing love, and that willingness to sacrifice. 2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; It is like the dew of Hermon, descending upon the mountains of Zion. Do we not want that? This oil had many spices in it that gave off a very pleasant and pleasing aroma. Or does it not come from this world at all? Hello and welcome to RayFowler.org. And because it’s good, that tells us it is a gift from God. And now finally let’s talk about the blessing of living together in unity. This is one of those bursts of feeling the truth and beauty of which every human heart at once acknowledges. He does not say,“You're going to be saved,you're going to be saved, you're going to be saved,” and then nothing happens because He "hocus-pocus" says it will. What we see in verse 3 continues and expands the ideas found in verse 2, except this time the symbol changes to refreshing water in the form of dew; not a torrent, not a thunderstorm, but a very soft gentle dew. I Corinthians 1:10-11 Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 133:3c)? Romans 12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. This phrase “running down” appears twice in verse two, and then it appears a third time in verse three where it is translated as “falling.” In other words, God’s blessings flow down to us from heaven. Click here to return to the Sermons page. We have got everything that we need, we have got all the gifts we need, we have got God confirming that He is going to be with us all the time, and then we have the next assurance that God is faithful. Psalm 130 has a simple yet profound message for us today. Every human emotion has its echo in the Book of Psalms. God can do it, and God will do it—in His own time—but I think He is waiting for some indication from us that we want to be unified, and that we are willing to work for it under His terms—not our terms, but under His. There is a little parenthetical statement after it that says the Spirit had not come yet, but He was referring to the Spirit as living waters. How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! I think it is great. It is kind of interesting. Register! Scripture: Psalm 133:3. – 2 Corinthians 1:21-22, And then finally, living together in unity is a foretaste of heaven. We cannot have unity without it being given to us from above. And one of the marks of a great church is the sweet sense of fellowship and unity we experience in the body of Christ. The word that is used there for "edge" and for "skirt" is literally "mouth" or "opening." Living together in unity is a foretaste of heaven. "How fitting it is!" Today it is a hot day. The part we have to do is walk worthy of our calling, and is not our calling to be one—to be one body, one spirit, one faith, one baptism, one hope, just as we have one Lord and one Father? Website: http://www.rayfowler.org. To live below with saints we know, well that’s a different story!”, Here’s a true story from the Fowler family annals. Most of your Bibles will have as a title, "A Psalm (or Song) of Ascents (or Degrees)." It is also like the dew of Hermon falling on Mount Zion. The image shifts again, and now we suddenly learn that this is Aaron’s head and Aaron’s beard. Over and over again, God, speaking to us through Scripture, calls us out of our separateness into community: Psalm 133:1, "Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brothers [and sisters] to dwell together in unity" (KJV). The sixth sermon in our series; “Psalms of Ascent”. This figure we have in Psalm 133 of the high priest is a central figure in our unity with God, and that figure of course is Christ. I can say this because the dew of Hermon has never reached the mountains of Zion, never reached Jerusalem. Even so, we have to work on ourselves to be one with God. Immortality is endless life. It is like the dew of Hermon falling on Mount Zion They will get done. Even with all that God does, it will not happen. The psalms are filled with these kinds of praise songs. I read those six verses there because they all go together. Yes, that’s where GOD commands the blessing, ordains eternal life. Psalm 133: I. If we wish to appreciate as it deserves this rich gift of God, it … Now in its greatest sense this will not happen until Christ returns, and we come together as one nation, as one church, and as one people at the resurrection where we finally are truly one with God, as His family, as the bride of Christ. Look at verse 1: “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1) Living together in unity is both good and pleasant. It is all in service to God. Of David. But the Psalms uniquely enrich our experience of that relationship to God and humanity. He doesn’t hold anything back. It seems to me they done very little. I finally told them to shut it down and asked Rosi to read our devotion for the day. The fact that the oil is poured on Aaron’s head also points towards Christ. The goodness of living together in unity is so good, that the psalmist says, “Behold! Here that place is pictured as Mount Zion, which we’ve seen is a symbol for the place where God meets with his people. We have to transform and renew our thinking processes in the way we judge situations, and thereby in transforming and renewing ourselves, we therefore prove or we become convicted by, or we approve what God's will is. John Piper Feb 17, 2018 655 Shares God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him Learn more about Desiring God 1) It tells us the goodness of living together in unity. The congregations of the churches dwindle as families and small groups leave to join newly-formed churches. The next part of the psalm tells us the source of living together in unity. 2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;. He exaggerates one place, and he is going to exaggerate the other. We read in Acts 2: “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.… All the believers were together and had everything in common…. The oil comes down upon the high priest, and it goes down and drops onto the body. Romans 12:10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another. Would not strife cease if we would stop giving him back what he gave to us? All that they know is that these fifteen psalms go together somehow, but the phrase, "Songs of Ascents" does not give them enough information to know exactly what they were and how they were used. The word translated “pleasant” is a word that means “beautiful, sweet, or lovely.” In other words, it’s not only good in God’s sight, but it’s good for you too. That’s right, Psalm 133 – “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1). 2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? The high priest is the vehicle of that oneness—the unity with God. What I just read to you is a recap of the first three. Sign In. And it is appropriate for us as Christians because we are brothers and sisters together in Christ. Psalm 133-- Psalm 133-- Schuyler Rhodes-- 2009 Living in unity is a beatific vision. Well, it is not just on the head. In one sense the knee has a function, and when the knee needs to function, the toe must follow, but when the toe has a job to do, the knee has to take orders from the toe. We are now a nation bound by the Spirit—God's special people. God sends His Spirit, His very nature, and His power, and whatever gifts we need to begin the process, and then we take up the burden of promoting it and continuing it, and finishing it, and then we will have unity. Notice how I put that, because immortality and eternal life are not the same thing. Let’s take a look at all three together now. If He had wanted you to be a knee, He would have put you in as a knee. The Psalms of Ascent | Stepping Stones to God’s Heart, “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1). God thinks of you just as highly as a toe as He does of a knee, but He has put you as the toe, so why not in faith do the job as a toe, because that is what God wants you to be. We see no reason for depriving David of the authorship of this sparkling sonnet. We have seen a lot of that lately. We were doing psalms for our devotions at the time, and you’ll never guess what the psalm was for that day. If you are not willing to sacrifice, you are not showing love. In a few moments we will be sharing the Lord’s Supper with each other. Colossians 1 is speaking of reconciliation here in verses 19 through 22. That would be my choice if I were going to translate this. Psalms 120 through 134 are known as the “psalms of ascent.” You do not need to fight. He is going to give what He promises. The Paperback Bible presents the Bible by the Book and is designed to be portable, readable, and truly personal with ample margins for notations. I will tell you what it does not mean. Do it with all the gifts and everything that God has given you, but do not try to get the guy's job who is to lead. They have many different reasons for leaving and going elsewhere, and some of which I have heard seem to be fairly legitimate, and there are some which are definitely not legitimate. Now you may think, “Why did David stick that in where God commanded a blessing? Whatever we do, we do to serve God. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. Christian fellowship is unique. For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe's household, that there are contentions among you. You do not come short in any gift. Unity then is a gift from our holy God by His Holy Spirit. Unity is something we do in response to His command that it be. These types have a deeper connection with the unity of the brethren than simply being "good and pleasant." Christian unity is God’s gift to us – flowing down over us like precious oil on Aaron’s head or rich dew from Mount Hermon. Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God . You are to prefer the other guy. The feasts are interesting too, if you take it that the feasts show God's plan—the movement through time of what God is doing. Personally I do not think we alone can do it. B. A Pilgrim Song of David How wonderful, how beautiful, when brothers and sisters get along! Sermon on Psalm 119:33-40 – This sermon outline by Kevin Cauley shows us how to delight in God’s Word from the psalmist in Psalm 119:33-40.. It is on a godly plane. Without lowliness (which is humility), without gentleness (which is meekness), without longsuffering (which is forbearance or patient endurance), if we do not do these things in love and in peace, we will never have unity. It is really "together." is the obvious answer to that question. God’s people derive this delight from unity within the body of Christ (John chapter 17). Is this Psalm about the unity of groups of Israelites/Jews or all mankind (i.e., Ps. Scripture Reading – Psalm 133 (NIV) Video Sermon . That God poured out his Spirit on Jesus the Head, and Jesus poured out the Spirit on his body the church. Share this: Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window) First of all, living together in unity is both good and pleasant. Jesus Christ, our High Priest, who now sits at the right hand of God, and mediates on our behalf. Back to Psalm 133, notice the oil is poured not just on Aaron’s head and running down on his beard, but it also runs down on the collar of his robes. It is the Hebrew word yachad. This is very interesting what he said here. But what have all the sermons and books done for the Body of Christ? He has given you access to the Father, given you the opportunity to have unity with Him, to be one. Many have simply fallen away entirely from our fellowship, from the fellowship of the greater church of God. and Johnny Hart, The Psalms of Ascent – Stepping Stones to God’s Heart, A Theology of Google, Facebook, Amazon and Twitter, “The ordinary so extraordinary” by Madeleine L’Engle. . In these psalms the pilgrims have finally arrived, and now we focus on the certainty of God’s promise in Psalm 132, the unity of God’s people in Psalm 133 and the beauty of God’s blessing in Psalm 134. Sermons.com provides sermon illustrations, sermons, powerpoint and worship resources, and children's sermons & bulletins. Three times in two verses you have that idea of "descent," "descent," "descent. Don’t Rebuild Walls Christ Tore Down Psalm 133:3. 3 It is like the dew … Do you want God’s blessing on your life, your church, your family? Archive Psalm 133. We want eternal life because it is the life that God lives. We just heard many sermons on not being conformed to this world, that how awful the world is. If you are the "toe" in the church, do you not want to be covered by that Holy Spirit as part of the body? It is like oil poured on Aaron’s head To live forever in disunity would be a curse, a punishment, a sentence, not a reward. What this does not mean is that "hocus-pocus," "abracadabra," and something gets done. We do use the oil in the case of anointing for healing. What is interesting to me is that there are definite links to "gathering" at Jerusalem, or "going to" Jerusalem. John 7:37-39 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. Is that not being conformed to this world, and transforming your mind? One literally “goes up” to Jerusalem. It is not your job. You can also check out the Top Posts page to get a feel for the site. The host is generous, gracious, not stingy. Psalms 133 | Search Results | Sermon and Worship Resources This Week Upon the anointing or setting apart of our High Priest Jesus Christ, and our own anointing with God's Holy Spirit, we receive the means to attain this unity. . Interactive Bible study with John Piper. For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore. Is that not what God does with His Spirit? We each have our area of responsibility, and if we kind of leave each other alone, and follow, and give the other guy precedence in doing his job, then maybe we will all get the work done, because you are not stepping on his job and he is not stepping on yours. But the Psalms uniquely enrich our experience of that relationship to God and humanity. What is the mouth of the garment? Now Paul was nicer than I am. I have just given you the surface of this. PSALM 133 OVERVIEW.. Title.A Song of Degrees of David. Conversations along the Road. It does not make him better, he is just put "to aside" so that he can do a specific task, so that he can be recognized as someone "different," set apart, because of ordination, a form of anointing. I John 2:27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you. It is His kid. For there the LORD has bestowed the blessing of life forevermore. It’s like costly anointing oil flowing down head and beard, Flowing down Aaron’s beard, flowing down the collar of his priestly robes. Think soberly. Where in the world does this beautiful, good, pleasant, brotherly, sisterly unity come from? The book of Acts describes the early church and its remarkable unity. How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! If we wish to appreciate as it deserves this rich gift of God, it … It comes from the highest place of all. 1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! I want to go to Romans 12 which begins a four-chapter section of practical advice that Paul gives to the Roman church about how to be unified and carry out God's will in the church. Look at verse 3 with me now: “It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion.” (Psalm 133:3a) So let’s talk about this image. I have only touched on the fundamentals of unity in this sermon. We have, in a way, David's baptism, and he was separated from all his brothers, from all the people of the tribes of Israel, and anointed "king," just as we too have been separated from Israel, from the nations, and set aside as God's people to be kings and priests for God to the people, in the resurrection, and in His Kingdom. And although it is brief, it is also one of the most beautiful descriptions of Christian unity that has ever been written. .but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. The more we focus on him, the greater our unity will be. That is like "He who has started a work in you will complete it to the day of Jesus Christ." The climate was hot and dusty, and oil on the head would be a welcome relief. Layers of Hope. There are few things as precious in this world as believers living together in unity. It fits right near the end. If you do the job that God has given you to do, you are fulfilling His will. In Zion, in the church, we are all brethren, and this dew, a metaphor for unity, descends down to us from the majestic heights of the holy mountain. I am sure you all recognize it. For Brethren To Dwell Together In Unity: An Exposition Of The 133rd Psalm Contributed by Mark A. Barber on Aug 7, 2020 based on 1 rating | 1,345 views. We can be united because we are not trying to grab each other's job. Psalm 133 (NIV) 1 How good and ... “‘Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.’ By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive.” Again, streams of living water in abundance – the Spirit’s eternal source. So some things are good but not pleasant. Now imagine instead of just your family if you packed in all your relatives and neighbors, too. Not all Bible translations have it, but in the Hebrew there is an actual “Behold!” at the beginning of the verse. Let us go to I Corinthians 1. That is a head-scratcher. It is not something that we can manufacture or make happen on our own. It can be done, but it is not going to be done in the way that glorifies Him the most. 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