How Good and How Pleasant
"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!" Unlike the unity of unbelievers and heathen, the Lord rejoices in the unity of His people. If anybody knew the difficulties of division it was David. He spent a great deal of his life running from a king and people who were against him. Even in the beginning of his reign, the people were divided (2 Samuel 2:8-11). It was not until 7 1/2 years later that the people were united in David (2 Samuel 5:1-5). When the people dwelt in unity, David rejoiced. He likened it to the source of spiritual life for the nation of Israel, the priesthood (Psalm 133:2), and to the source of physical life in the dew of Hermon (Psalm 133:3).
- (For smaller children) Read Genesis 13:5-9. This conflict could have ended in a fight, but Abraham says in Genesis 13:8 why that should not happen: "for we be brethren." Hebrews 13:1 says, "Let brotherly love continue." Are you doing your part to make things pleasant in your home and at church?
- The anointing of Aaron was a monumental moment in the history of the nation of Israel. Why would David use that as a description of the blessedness of unity?
- The dew of Hermon sustains a great deal of life at its base and throughout the land of Israel. How is that like unto the time when brethren dwell together in unity?
- Ask the Lord to make the unity sweet in your local church.
- Ask God to teach you what unity is and how it can be obtained.
Behold, How Pleasant and How Good
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