What the dwell?
I asked a mentor of mine once, “As a leader, what is the best way to build a discipleship program in my church?” He responded to me, “Psalms 133.”
Psalm 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! 2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; 3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.
Obviously, he wanted me to search the meaning out! So I did and here is what I found.
The first line is pretty clear, the NIV says “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together unity.”
Growing up in church as a pastor’s kid, you see a lot of things and unity is rarely one of them. It is unusual to find a place, whether it be work, school, family, or church that truly experiences the level of unity that Psalms 133 talks about. But it is not impossible!!!
When we look at the wisdom the Psalmist gives us, he talks about the oil on Aaron’s head and the dew from Hermon. Without delving too deeply into each one, I want to point out that they are all talking about transfer. What got on the head transferred to the beard which then transferred to the garments. The dew from Hermon (which was higher elevation than Zion) flowed (transferred) to Zion.
In order for us to have UNITY, we must understand the power and importance of transfer! Transfer can’t occur if we haven’t observed where the information and flow is coming from! In this case it came from the head then the beard then the garments. Do you realize the need for the transfer and flow in your life?
The scriptures say it like this in (NIV) Matthew 10: 40 “Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 41 Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. 42 And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”
Can you see the chain of transfer?? Let me put it together in math terms.
Welcomes: You + Jesus + Father = Unity
Honors: Prophet + Righteous Man + Little children = Unity
Jesus was showing us that nothing happens unless unity happens and the only way it can be transferred is through Honor!
A man asked me once “is it possible to disagree with someone and still honor them?” I said “Yes, it’s called marriage!” I’m sure you agree that, without honor in marriage, it wouldn’t be much of a marriage at all!
If we want our home, work, team, or church to experience true unity, our dwelling place has to be a place to honor those above and beside as well as those who are looking up to us!
When we do, momentum and passion will explode as we link arms with one goal and one vision. In that moment it truly becomes a commanded blessing. Make sure you are dwelling in a place that’s destination is UNITY.