How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony! (Psalm 133:1)


This short psalm celebrates the wonder of harmony. Imagine how different our lives could be if we genuinely strove to live together in harmony. That would mean completely turning around the dominant culture today, which champions independence and self reliance. In order to live harmoniously with one another, we would have to care about the sound of the whole orchestra, not just the part we play. Musical harmony is a wonderful thing. It is not easy to put your finger on why that is so, but we all naturally prefer harmony to dissonance (at least most of the time!) The same is true in society I think, so why is that we seem so content to but up with the levels of disharmony or dissonance that we do?


Psalms 133:1-3 NLT

1 How wonderful and pleasant it is
when brothers live together in harmony!
2 For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil
that was poured over Aaron’s head,
that ran down his beard
and onto the border of his robe.
3 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.


Harmony is wonderful and pleasant, it is precious and refreshing. Today’s goal is to remember how much I prefer harmony in my life and to try again to attain it. I pray that God would anoint those of us who believe, and in so doing, consecrate harmonious relationships between us in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. I pray that this precious anointing might be so generous that it would run down our faces (and beards if we have them) and on down over our clothes. I pray that we might be immersed in a truly wonderful, harmonious life together in faith. I pray that this precious harmony would bring relief from the trials of life in our world today and refresh us like the morning dew. Amen

Today’s readings:

1 Kings 14:1-15:24, Acts 10:1-23, Psalms 133:1-3, Proverbs 17:7-8


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