Songs of Ascents (14) – The Art of Dwelling

Psalm 133

Living in Unity

A Davidic song of ascents.

How good and pleasant it is
when brothers dwell together in unity!
It is like fine oil on the head,
running down on the beard,
running down Aaron’s beard
onto his robes.
It is like the dew of Hermon
falling on the mountains of Zion.
For there the Lord has appointed the blessing—
life forevermore.

Hermon: The tallest mountain in the region, noted for its abundant precipitation.


Out of all the chapters and verses of the Bible, I can honestly say, that this is my absolute favourite in the category of LIFE and FELLOWSHIP! In the same time it is the Psalm that gave me the most sadness in the misunderstanding of church and brothers and life. The absence of it speaks even more than the presence.
I have learned, that like tact (skill and sensitivity in dealing with others or with difficult issues), dwelling only is noticed when it is absent!
People come and it creates expectations and, through experience, you have learned that the hardest part of life is the part where we practice the DWELLING TOGETHER! We have even created environments that represent our interpretations of fellowship! Visiting is something totally different than dwelling, living together, living from each others presence! But still, the promise that is included in the Psalm is that THAT is the place of God’s appointed blessings and His Eternal Life!
And then there is this new wonderful development happening all over the world where young people ‘hang-out’ just for the sake of hanging out together. They start singing, talking, sharing and with the passion to (re)connect, they create those new environments that reflects their longing for real life!
I was thinking of the concernment from the older generation, reflected in Haggai 2:
Encouragement and Promise
1 On the twenty-first day of the seventh month, the word of the LORD came through Haggai the prophet: 2 “Speak to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, to the high priest Joshua son of Jehozadak, and to the remnant of the people: 3 Who is left among you who saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Doesn’t it seem like nothing to you?, 4 Even so, be strong, Zerubbabel” — this is the LORD’s declaration. “Be strong, Joshua son of Jehozadak, high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land” — this is the LORD’s declaration. “Work! For I am with you” — the declaration of the LORD of Hosts. 5 “This is the promise I made to you when you came out of Egypt, and My Spirit is present among you; don’t be afraid.”
6 For the LORD of Hosts says this: “Once more, in a little while, I am going to shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. 7 I will shake all the nations so that the treasures of all the nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,” says the LORD of Hosts. 8 “The silver and gold belong to Me” — this is the declaration of the LORD of Hosts. 9 “The final glory of this house will be greater than the first,” says the LORD of Hosts. “I will provide peace in this place” — this is the declaration of the LORD of Hosts.
What a great word, what a beautiful encouragement to continue seeking the dwelling, together as a representation of the New House, the New Environment for His Presence!
Please watch this wonderful example:

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