Day 122 Psalm 133

    I have  friend who during highschool presented an idea to me that has stuck with me my entire Christian walk… the image he proposed led us to come to two completely different conclusions about God, spirituality and our own lives. Yet  it has been a curious blessing in my life.

    My friend, one of these super smart kids in school who ran circles around me academically yet still found me interesting enough to chit-chat frequently on the phone, had decided to read the Bible in one sitting cover to cover.  The next day he called and explained to me why he was NOT going to be a Christian.  To date he still is a very vocal atheist, and still someone I consider a dear friend.  He said based on what he read that in heaven all we were going to do was worship God… worship worship worship. boring, boring, boring.  To him that was not a big selling point, so no point in believing in God, the bible, ect.  I’m sure his philosophy is slightly more developed than that, I take that back, I KNOW his philosophy of disbelief is MUCH more developed than that… but my point in telling this story isn’t so I could engage in apologetics.  His reasons are his own.  My point is this image of worship he planted in my head. It has stuck with me for almost 20 years and has been a curious blessing. 

      There are times when I am in worship standing by my siblings in Christ, thanking my Creator for His blessings and I think about those standing right next to me and those across the world whom I’ve worshiped with during my lifetime and I think about the Unity we experience through lifting God up in song and  then the idea of doing this all TOGETHER in heaven hits me and I am in awe at the thought.  I Love worship because I get a chance to draw close to God, to thank him in a unique primal way, but also because I’m doing it alongside others.  it is a profoundly liberating experience to worship God with others who are worshiping God.  I am not alone in loving my Savior!

   So what is the result of this experience?  What is the purpose? 

Psalm 133

   1 How good and pleasant it is
   when God’s people live together in unity!

   2 It is like precious oil poured on the head,
   running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron’s beard,
   down on the collar of his robe.
3 It is as if the dew of Hermon
   were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the LORD bestows his blessing,
   even life forevermore.

I actually put oil in my daughter’s hair.  Her hair is thirsty for it.  It turns her dry hair into soft moist ringlets.  But Aaron’s oil was that of anointing.  So when we draw together in unity it’s as if we are being anointed… but what does that mean?  I really got a lot out of verse 3.  I grew up in a desert.  Compared to Florida it’s dryness is profound, but once during an unusual season of consistent rain I came back to visit and was blown away at the change!  The desert, always parched, always dry came alive with plants.  The change was phenomenal and slightly spooky that such potential could be unlocked with just a little rain.   If God’s people lived in unity it’s as if the dew on Mount Hermon were falling on Mount Zion.  I’ve never experienced Unity with my adopted brothers and sisters in Christ quite like I do during worship… and the fruits of that experience can be profound.  But can it be extended into different aspects of our lives together.  I experience unity with those 105 members of my Facebook group who are reading the bible with me.  I experience unity with them in studying God’s word in our small groups.  I experience profound unity with them when I realize they are HERE for me during my time of turmoil like no one else is, with a depth of love that goes unmatched by others.  And while I’ve sat and enjoyed the experience of unity I’ve felt with others, I’ve never stopped to think what kind of impact could it have.  Lord,  May our unity bloom in this desert thirsty and waiting for the water of life.