I love to listen to beautiful music. I especially enjoy hearing a group, whose voices come together to create beautiful harmony. The melodious sound is simply the combination of different notes finding their commonality within the key in which the piece of music is written. The unity of these individual notes come together to create harmony that is wonderful and pleasing to hear.
“How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony! For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil that was poured over Aaron’s head, that ran down his beardand onto the border of his robe. Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon that falls on the mountains of Zion. And there the LORD has pronounced his blessing, even life everlasting.” Psalm 133:1-3 (NLT)
I understand that the Psalmist is not writing to Americans, but rather to those of us who find commonality in our relationship with God. Years later, Jesus told us that we are to be the light of the world, dispelling darkness wherever we go.resident, it was clear to me that stubbornness is one of the primary attitudes that keep people divided. We spend so much time arguing about our differences, but give very little energy to celebrating the things we hold in common
I wish I could say that the Church – that is, those who call themselves followers of Jesus – are reflecting this image of harmony, and overcoming the deep shroud of darkness that hangs over the world these days. While this should be the case, it is not. Instead, as I listen to Christians speak, in “water cooler conversations”, Bible study groups, and from comments in social media, it often fails to refresh “as the dew from Mount Hermon.” In fact, it doesn’t look much different than the picture of division that the cameras revealed as they delivered images of congress men and women in the room the other night.
This division cannot continue to exist among God’s people. We need to be living examples of the words Peter wrote in his first letter. He paints a different portrait of those who live as fully devoted followers of Jesus.
“You are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy. Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.” 1 Peter 2:9-12 (NLT)
Jesus affirmed both the great commandment and the golden rule, which seek to elevate the harmonious life of which the Psalmist spoke, while making it a priority to love our neighbors as ourselves. As followers of Jesus, we must endeavor to serve as reconcilers in a divided nation and world.
As I listened and watched Republicans and Democrats respond to the words of our P
As followers of Jesus, we must reflect the words of the Psalmist.
Isn’t God’s blessing what we all want?