Extended reading: Psalm 133:1-3
Devotional reading: verse 1
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to live together in unity!”
This Psalm of David probably had its inspiration around the time the nation had come together, unified, at his coronation. It NOT ONLY praises unity; it shares two very picturesque qualities of it, as seen in the remaining verses. The oil and the dew seem to be a picture of spiritual and material blessings that come forth as a by-product of true unity among brethren.
Which one of us can deny that unity with others: our families, church, and friends, is a great blessing to us and very pleasing in the eyes of our Heavenly Father? Paul expressed it well when he said: “Be like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness (humility) of mind let each esteem others better than himself” (Philippians 2:2-3 NKJV). Unity through humility!
How much different would our lives be if such unity was the norm throughout our lives? How much more robust and fulfilling would our relationships be if such peace, love, and like-mindedness were a predominant reality in them?
As sweet as they would be, they are only a faint picture of what believers have and experience in Jesus Christ (John 17:21)! Because of Jesus, we have full participation in all the attributes and essence of God through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit(MacArthur).
We may not always share a like-mindedness with others in our lives, but there can always be like-mindedness of Spirit and focus, which comes through Jesus Christ.