Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! —Psalm 133:1
What does it mean to dwell in unity? It certainly means more than people living close together. People who live in an apartment building live close together, but most of them would probably not describe their living situation as “good and pleasant.” What did David mean here? Psalm 133 is one of the fifteen Songs of Ascents and celebrates Israel as an authentic community that worships God. The songs remind Israel that when they are one in heart and purpose, they will experience perfect peace (shalom). This should be the goal for the church as well. In Jesus’ high priestly prayer from John 17, Jesus prays ”that they [all believers] may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.” (17:21-23).
The Well Church, this needs to be our goal — to become perfectly one. How can we become perfectly one? It can happen only when we believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and savior. The reason why we gather each Sunday is to declare that we are one in Jesus Christ. And when we gather and worship God in unity, the world will not only know that God sent Jesus Christ to save us, but also that He loves us. As we worship God this morning, let us proclaim to the world about our Lord Jesus Christ by reaffirming our faith in Him, remembering God’s love for us, and worshipping Him in spirit and truth with one heart and one voice in perfect unity. May you see how good and pleasant it is to worship in unity. Soli Deo Gloria!