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A Mule Pic and Thanksgiving Unity

A devotional thought from Psalm 133

A Song of degrees of David.

1  Behold, how good and how pleasant it is

For brethren to dwell 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;

3  As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion:

For there the Lord commanded the blessing,

Even life for evermore.

A Mule Pic
The Bald Believer and His Baby Girl

For me, yesterday was an especially great Thanksgiving day. I was truly blessed! Family and friends that had not gathered in years were fellowshipping together and the unity was so sweet. Isn’t it sad how close family can allow busy schedules or petty differences to slip in and divide? For my family, I think that the death of one family member allowed us to slowly drift apart into separate lives and into celebrating separate holidays. She had always made the effort of keeping us united, so when she went to be with the Lord, we just stopped being together. A death caused us to drift apart and an unfortunate death has brought us back together. A family member that I loved dearly but had not seen in years unexpectedly passed away this year and forced us to see the error of our ways. Her passing taught us to enjoy the ones we love while we have access to them. The chance to be together may not reoccur in this life. Yesterday’s family unity was truly pleasant. I smiled and laughed more than I have in months. There are unfortunate records of my happiness on Facebook. (I bit the bullet and included one in the post) I say unfortunate because people keep snapping pictures of me laughing and I think I look like a mule. Either way, I was one happy mule!

David observed the sweet blessing of familial unity in this short Psalm. Since this is a song of degrees, we understand that it was sung by those making their pilgrimage to the place of worship. I believe he was speaking of how the gathering brought the people together in united worship. He compared it to the anointing oil of the High Priest with it’s sweet fragrance. The sweet smell of the perfume touched everyone nearby as it made it’s way from the head to the feet. I can’t help but be reminded how in the Scriptures oil is often used as a symbol of the Holy Spirit. Every true believer has him in common and that should unite us and affect all around us.

The Psalmist also compared the moisture of mount Herman and how it waters the lower mountains, hills and plains beneath it’s lofty peak. God can provide a unity that comes from a higher place and blesses our lives. I would encourage us all to seek sweet unity, specifically that which comes from the Lord, his word, His Spirit and our future abode.

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
For brethren to dwell together in unity!
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