By Mike Neely
This Psalm states in verse 1: “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live in unity”. The Psalmist goes on to state in verse 2: “It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard”.
What do you think of when the word “unity” is used? This word, or variations of this word, is used frequently. For example, the United States of America utilizes a variation of this word. Certainly, each state that comprises the United States is different; yet, each citizen of individual states and the United States live in unity under the Constitution of the United States and of individual states. Our ideals and principles “unite” us as a land of liberty and freedom.
Similarly, although there are many different denominations that together comprise Christianity, “unity” exists via our common belief in God, the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Of course, differences exist between some of these denominations, some of which diminish “unity”.
The Psalmist stresses in this Psalm that “living in unity” is akin to “precious oil poured on the head”. Although in today’s culture, we may not identify very much with “precious oil poured on the head”, in Biblical times being anointed with oil was very special and there are many stories in the Bible about being anointed with oil.
How wonderful it would be if we would strive to live more in unity!! This could include being united in various causes and lending our support, ideas and gifts to further these causes, whether they would involve supporting efforts to diminish or end human trafficking, helping the homeless, working in the community garden, cleaning up the church building and grounds, supporting missions or so many other ministries of our church.
Please pray about living more in unity with fellow Christians and with others.