Monday, July 14, 2008

Psalm 133 - Rosebud Day 9

Jill Woodliff of Lent & Beyond suggested that we have a look at Psalm 133, as we contend with serious spiritual oppression on the Rosebud Reservation.

Here it is in the New Living Translation...
How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony!
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.
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.

...and here it is from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer
BEHOLD, how good and joyful a thing it is, * for brethren to dwell together in unity!
It is like the precious oil upon the head, that ran down unto the beard, * even unto Aaron's beard, and went down to the skirts of his clothing.
Like as the dew of Hermon, * which fell upon the hill of Sion.
For there the LORD promised his blessing, * and life for evermore.

I fasted and meditated on this Psalm last Friday. I share here a few insights, and welcome you to comment and share more.

  • The first thing to which I responded was the image of dew, evaporating up from Mount Hermon, and then falling back as rain on Zion (Jerusalem). We might see our prayers as precious, life-giving moisture going up to God, and a rain of blessings on the Rosebud as His answer to our prayers.
  • Our unity/harmony is like the precious oil poured over Aaron the priest, "making him holy for his work" (Leviticus 8:12). Our unity of purpose as intercessors can provide an "anointing" to offer spiritual sacrifices (I Peter 2:5) as we pray for the Rosebud.
  • And of course our true unity is in Jesus Christ. We might not live together geographically, but if we function faithfully as members of his body, we can "dwell in him, and he in us."

1 comment:

Georgia said...

Amen! I have been led to pray for unity. Remember the letter of encouragement from Cardinal Ratzinger to the Plano gathering - He said twice that unity was found in Truth.

Jesus is the Way (Holy Love) the Truth (Holy Truth) and the Life (The Gift of Holy Life that we must hold sacred).

In whatever way and to the degree that we depart from and dishonor these three things, the Church and the Christians and unbelievers as well, at Rosebud will lose their unity - with Him and with each other.

(I am speaking in regard to the Anglican crisis as well.)

May we crave and seek with whole-hearts and surrendered souls His True Unity through The Way, The Truth and The Life. Amen