Highlights In Today's Reading:
Can we even count the number of times the Lord rescued David? And he never lost a war. These first five chapters are full of trust and love for the Lord as David recalls the blessings and contrasts the One True God with worthless idols. Do we qualify as the Lord's peculiar (very special) treasure (135:4; Exodus 19:5; Titus 2:14; I Peter 2:9)? Psalm 136 is called The Great Hallel and was sung during Passover.
Another of David's best known psalms is 138: I will praise Thee with my whole heart . . . I will sing praise unto Thee. I will worship toward Thy Holy Temple, and praise Thy Name for Thy lovingkindness and for Thy truth: for Thou hast magnified Thy Word above all Thy Name (138:1-2).
Those who form the family of God should surely live together in peace and harmony. You will be unable to discover any beauty worth speaking of in the false unity created and maintained by compromise of principles and man-made rules and regulations. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! (133:1).
The unity that is pleasant to the Lord is the unity of Christians brought about through the Holy Spirit. It is like many musicians in a great orchestra playing in harmony. There may be a great diversity of instruments, yet there is perfect unity. The word pleasant denotes delightful and lovely. It should be an attitude manifestation toward others.
Psalm 133 was sung three times a year by those who went to worship at Jerusalem on God's appointed feast days (Exodus 23:17; Deuteronomy 16:16). There were all kinds of people on the road to Jerusalem, but they had one thing in common — they were all going to the city of God to worship their Lord.
In keeping with this spirit of unity are the words of Abram to Lot and they are still applicable for Christians under every circumstance: Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee . . . for we be brethren (Genesis 13:8). In contrast to this we are told: He that soweth discord among brethren is an abomination unto the Lord (Proverbs 6:19).
All true believers in Christ regardless of denomination, nationality, education, or wealth have been redeemed by the same Savior, serve the same Master, cherish the same hope, and are looking forward to the same heaven. All of us are subject to trials, temptations, and sorrows and no one is perfect or knows all the answers (including me). But we all are led by the same Spirit. It is therefore an expression of His love to dwell together in unity and to let brotherly love continue (Hebrews 13:1).
Jesus said: By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye have love one to another (John 13:35).
Thought for Today:
The lack of unity among Christians reveals the lack of love for Jesus.
As the descendant of David who would sit upon David's throne (Psalm 132:11). He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David (Luke 1:32; Acts 2:29-30).
132:6 Ephratah =he district in which Bethlehem was located; 132:11 fruit =b> offspring; 132:17 horn =b> authority, power . . . bud =b> flourish; 135:4 Jacob . . . His peculiar treasure =b> the people of God are God's own possession; 135:14 repent Himself concerning His servants =b> God will have compassion upon His people; 136:12 a stretched out arm =b> mighty power; 137:3 wasted =b> plundered; 137:4 strange =b> foreign; 137:7 Rase =b> Overthrow, Destroy, Demolish.
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Optional Reading: 2 Timothy 2
Memory Verse for the Week: 2 Corinthians 4:9