River of Love

We must be moved by the compassion of God’s love to introduce people to Jesus. It doesn’t stop there, we are also called to help them strengthen and mature their relationship with God. We are a royal priesthood chosen for this time in history, so that we can accomplish the works that God has for us. Where our eyes are focused will the direction we move in. If we are seeking the Lord and moving closer to Him, then we are moving closer to those we touch and impact each day. It is amazing how the Lord uses the weakest vessels to accomplish extraordinary purposes.

Psalm 133:1-2  Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, Running down on the beard, The beard of Aaron, Running down on the edge of his garments.

The scripture begins with “BEHOLD”, David is seeking our attention. I see that and paraphrased, “Wow, I have something of importance to tell you. David uses the word “how” twice in this scripture. “How good and How pleasant”. He doesn’t attempt any form of sizing or evaluating the intensity of the word “How”. Instead he indicates to us to check it out ourselves, meaning it should be abundantly evident to us as we “Behold”!

The word “good” here in the Vines indicates something that is beneficial.  The word for pleasant is the same word used in the Hebrew for a harmony of music. The word Good and Pleasant are given here as adjectives, it took two adjectives for David to emphasize his point.

After David gets our attention with something of importance, we find what He is highlighting in second half of verse 1. “For brethren to dwell in unity”. The word dwell here indicates a place of residency or abode. There is permanency and persistency in this word. The word unity here is really together or joined, it comes from the Hebrew word “yachad”. What follows in this scripture is amazing!

It is like the precious oil upon the head, Running down on the beard,
The beard of Aaron, Running down on the edge of his garments.

I want to dig into the meaning of verse 2 this morning and the affect that it has on our love walk. If we get our love walk right as the body of Christ it spills over and transforms others. David is comparing the love of the Brethren with the oil poured on a high priest. As we increase in our ability to love it will cause lost to walk up to us and seek to know what we have!

The oil being compared to here, is precious oil, it’s a holy oil used in the consecration of ordination of an anointed one. The oil is a diffusive thing, or something that spreads out over a large space. The oil was poured over the head of Aaron, it was not just a little dab will do, there was no sprinkling. They poured! Some places I read suggested the vessel was emptied. Once the oil was set in motion it didn’t stop flowing, it couldn’t be restrained. Scholars believe the oil ran down to the skirts of Aaron’s priestly robe.

The oil did not remain confined to the area where it first fell. The oil was a vicious substance, greasy, and is described as a lubricant, a soothing healing salve! Just as the oil flowed downward over Aaron’s body to lower parts of his Holy robe, so does Brotherly love, once set in motion will not stop flowing, or can’t be restrained. It becomes infectious and draws attention to itself. Love will flow where not sought after. Christ love and grace are diffusive as well. Hebrews tells us that Jesus is our High Priest and we are His body! Therefore the anointing of Jesus anoints us as His priests! Where God’s love reigns, God reigns! As priests of the living God, through Christ’s anointing we also are consecrated for service. The Hebrew word means “cutout” to be something different. We have been set apart to love people because of God’s great love.

I truly want to experience the oil and anointing of the Holy Spirit to flow over and through me, so that it knows no barriers, no restraints. For my life to be fully lubricated so that His love is a lubricant and healing salve in my life. I desire for my life to be transformed to the extent that God’s Brotherly love set in motion will not stop flowing, and indeed is infectious, a love so strong that others walk up to me and want to know what is different!

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