January 25

The Corporate Anointing

“How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of his robes. It is as of the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows His blessing, even life for evermore.” Psalm 133

This Psalm was written on the occasion of David's coronation as King over all of Israel. And what a struggle it was between the times he was anointed king by Samuel until the day of his coronation when he ruled over a united twelve tribes. It was David who united these warring tribes. David understood that harmony could only be achieved when they practiced the unity of their faith. These days of unity for Israel under David, and later his son Solomon, were without question the most glorious days of their history. Never has Israel possessed all of the land that God gave her except in these days. Even in our current time, Israel is but a shadow of what she was, despite her being in a united state. In fact, Israel will know no greater glory until Jesus rules in regal splendor from His throne in Jerusalem.

There is a message in these verses for the church. For as the people of God united under one king in the Old Testament, so the people of God must unite today under the King of Kings. As they experience great glory in this unification in the Old, so we will experience a greater glory in the New. As they experienced great glory and a tremendous victory over their enemies because of unification, we too can enjoy greater glory and freedom from the enemy's control as we unite together in Christ.

Unity is not uniformity. You can tie two cats' tails together and have unity but not peace! Seek ways to be harmonious. 

Prayer Focus: Father, help us as a body of believers at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church to live and act in unity so that we can win the world for You. Lord, show each of us what we can do to live in harmony and help unify our church. Amen.

Personal Prayer: “Lord, I want to please You! What do You want me to do to help make the dreams of our church come true?”