Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 05-17-22

Intro: In our passage for today, we will listen to the lyrics of a song written by David. You will notice the word harmony is key to his song. Therefore, we need to explore the biblical meaning/context in order to find and apply the harmony God wants for our lives. This harmony is essential for all humanity to understand; it involves eternity.

In our passage, Israel’s unity has to do with spiritual harmony [Heb harmonia] which essentially means to incline one’s ear (listen) and find oneness with God. David, as Israel’s leader, knows this harmony is essential if Israel is going to experience the abundant grace of God. David, a man after God’s heart, knows to leave God out of Israel’s rule, will actually lead them to self-destruct. How does David know? He remembers and knows Israel’s idolatrous history and God’s action against their sin. Never forget God’s wrath is in perfect harmony with his holy attributes; God destroys sin to preserve holiness. We need oneness with God (John 17:21).

Today, our national unity may be a talking-point goal for politicians, but it will always be superficial tolerance at best until the nation’s spiritual harmony with God is the foundation of our lives. We must bow to God’s commands. David describes the anointing—the precious oil of blessing—that sets people apart in order to bring honor and service to God. This anointing brings a refreshing for the weary soul. Therefore, David wants the people in his care to take notice of God and become one with Him. David knows when God’s people incline their ear (listen and obey) they will taste the goodness of God. I pray for our country’s leaders to wake up to that truth and, like David, genuinely care for the people in their care!

Yet, God always faithfully cares for his own. So pray and praise our Maker; incline your ear and listen to God, because he wants to anoint you and bless you, today. Seek harmonia in Messiah!

Psalm 133 A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem. A psalm of David.

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.

Prayer: Father, thank you for the spiritual harmony that can be found in you. Help me serve with my words a healthy portion of harmony everywhere I go today as a way to witness to your presence with me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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