The Desire for Unity

The Desire for UnityText: Psalm 133

This is a brief psalm about the blessings of unity among God’s people. But too often unity is taken for granted, perverted from God’s plan, or destroyed through division. Unity is GOOD and PLEASANT. Therefore, it is important that we understand what this is and why it is important.

Unity Must Be Based Upon God’s Word

  • Unity compared to the oil used to anoint Aaron (v. 2) – there were specific instructions given as to how to make this oil (Exodus 30:22-25)
  • We are to be careful to follow God’s pattern (Hebrews 8:5) – careful to serve Him according to His word (Matthew 7:21-23; Colossians 3:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)
  • We can have unity as a result of following the pattern He has given (1 Corinthians 1:10; James 3:17)

Unity Makes Us Distinct

  • Again, unity compared to the oil for anointing Aaron – this consecrated him, set him apart (Exodus 30:30); we are also to be holy (1 Peter 1:15-16; 2:9)
  • Unity sets us apart – Jesus prayed for unity (John 17:20-21), like the Father and Son had; this would be a witness to the world as we are united upon His standard (His word)
  • We have been “called…out” (1 Peter 2:9) – the word church (ekklesia) means “called out”; there must be a real difference between us and the world (Romans 12:2), even the religious world

Unity Is A Divine Blessing

  • Unity is like the dew of Hermon (v. 3) – dew is used in Scripture to represent God’s blessing (Genesis 27:28; Hosea 14:5; Micah 5:7)
  • Unity is a divine blessing since it exists because of God – He brought us together (Ephesians 2:13-16); this is not “unity in diversity” where man (not God) brings men together (cf. Genesis 11:3-9)
  • Unity is a divine blessing because of the benefits it provides us – strength (Ecclesiastes 4:9, 12); encouragement (Hebrews 3:12-13; 10:24-25)

Unity Must Be Cherished

  • The psalmist calls unity GOOD and PLEASANT (v. 1)
  • We do not want division, strife, or selfishness – these are threats to unity; instead, we are to “dwell together in unity“; this is a way of life
  • We are to pursue this (Hebrews 12:14) – not an afterthought; not something to be taken lightly; “live in peace with one another” (1 Thessalonians 5:13-14); adopt the attitude of Jesus (Philippians 2:2-5)

Unity Must Be Defended

  • As precious as unity is, we must strive to preserve it (Ephesians 4:3) – again, it must be based upon God’s standard (Ephesians 4:4-6)
  • Do not pervert unity – by extending fellowship beyond God’s limits (2 John 9-11)
  • Do not destroy unity – by breaking fellowship with those whom God has accepted (3 John 9-10)

Conclusion

  • Let us always demonstrate a love for God and for one another
  • We can do this as we strive for unity according to His plan

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