Day 16: Psalms of Peace

Psalm 133 by Ben Shahn

Today’s Reading
Psalms 23, 133, 119:161-168

Pastor Lisa’s Journal
Scripture
How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity! – Psalm 133:1

Observation
The goodness of unity is compared to the anointing of Aaron as high priest and dew on the mountains of Hermon and Zion.

  • It is precious- The oil because it is sacred and costly and the dew because it is a trusted source of water.
  • It brings abundant blessing- There is so much oil it runs down Aaron’s beard and on to his robe and the dew because there is so much it can sustain plants, animals and people.
  • It is pervasive and pleasing to all involved- The oil has been mixed with spices so the aroma pervades the room and the dew because it allows for fragrant flowers, fruits and crops which are enjoyed by the whole community.
  • It is exalted and unique- The oil is set apart for the ritual anointing of a priest or king. Mount Hermon is set apart for its height and snow, the highest point in region at over 9,000 feet. Mount Zion near Jerusalem is set apart for the worship of God.

Application
On this Independence Day, I long for our neighborhoods and nation to experience the unity described in this psalm.

Prayer
Holy God, One yet Three, reach into the abundance of your companionship and bring forth unity and healing in our land. Pour out peace on violent homes and hearts. Shower compassion on selfish and short sighted motives. Rain down love and understanding so all are covered in blessing and harmony and life, forevermore…. forevermore. Amen.

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You are invited to join me on a summer adventure through one of the most beloved books in the Bible, Psalms.  To download the Summer in the Psalms reading plan, click here Psalms Reading Plan

As you read, you are encouraged to use the SOAP Method for keeping a spiritual journal, as taught at New Hope Christian Fellowship in Hawaii. For more information on this simple and powerful way of engaging the Word of God, please click here or use the simple instructions provided in the reading plan itself.

I look forward to reading your comments and to all that Jesus will do in you and through you as you seek him this summer. – Lisa <><

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