How would you finish the sentence, " I can't get enough of …."
Well, there are some things in life that my wife and I can’t get enough of; things we never tire of. You could probably guess what some of those things are because they may be some of the things you can’t get enough of.
In this post, I’m going to mention just one of those things. It’s the thing the Psalmist mentions in Psalm 133. In verse 1 he writes, “Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity.” Then he goes on to tell us just how good and pleasant is it for brethren to dwell together in unity. He writes, It’s good and pleasant “like the dew of Hermon, coming down upon the mountains of Zion; for there the Lord commanded the blessing – life forever.” Now, unless we understand the symbolism of this statement we may not realize just how fantastically good and pleasant the Psalmist thinks it is for brethren to dwell together in unity. We may miss the full implications of what he is saying, but the people living in the time and in the area when and where he wrote this Psalm would not have missed it. They knew all about the blessing that Mount Hermon brought. They knew that Mount Hermon was a very large mountain range that brought many blessings to a vast amount of territory. They understood the symbolism. They knew that what happened on Mount Hermon could bring blessings all the way south to Mount Zion (which was the mount on which Jerusalem and the temple were built). ISBE (International Standard Bible Encyclopedia) tells us that the cooling breezes that came from Mount Hermon were so strong that during the heat of the summer people who lived at a long distance from it would benefit from them. ISBE also indicates that in the colder period of the year Mount Hermon was covered with snow which would melt in warmer periods and form rivers that would bring refreshment to the people and land below it long after the snow ceased to fall. Furthermore, ISBE and other sources state that even during dry times the dews that came down on this mount were so profuse that when people camped on its slopes or lived in the lowlands beneath it they would be drenched by the heavy dew it experienced. Moreover, the cooling breezes that emanated from it carried the dew to large amounts of territory at some distance from the mount with the result being that the heavy dew phenomenon of Mount Hermon became a widespread blessing. People who lived during the time of the Psalmist knew that the lands and people who were situated somewhere in the vicinity of Mount Hermon were unusually blessed. They knew that the area reached by the breezes and dews of Mount Hermon was not like the regions around Mount Sinai which was barren and dry and unproductive. They got the point of the message about unity found in this Psalm. They knew that he was using a vivid illustration to drive home the point that it is a good and pleasant thing for brethren to dwell together in unity.That was his point, but by this time you may be saying, I get his point, but what are you trying to say? Good! Thank you for asking.
I was hoping that you would soon ask that question and, in my mind, you did. So here’s my answer. I said all this to tell you about one of the things in life that Carol and I can’t enough of and we hope you can’t get enough of either. We’re charged up about this thing because of what we have been experiencing since we’ve come to South Africa. We’re experiencing the reality of what the Psalmist is referring to in Psalm 133. We’re experiencing how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity. We’re experiencing some of the dew of Mount Hermon stuff. Ah, don’t get me wrong. We experienced this dew of Hermon stuff on many occasions and in many places while in the USA. But that makes my point – we can’t get enough of it. It was good and pleasant there and it still is in RSA. We loved it in the USA and we love it in the RSA. And, best of all, we believe God loves it also. He loves to see His people dwelling together in unity, the unity of the faith and knowledge; the unity that comes from knowing and believing the truth of God’s Word; the unity that comes from being utterly devoted and submitted of Jesus Christ, the unity that comes from dying to self and becoming more like Jesus Christ (Ephesians 4:11 – 16). That’s the kind of unity we can’t get enough of. That’s the kind of unity and fellowship that Psalm 133 and Ephesians 4:13 are speaking about. It’s not just any old kind of unity. It’s not unity at the expense of truth. It’s a unity and fellowship that is grounded in truth – the truth of God’s word. It’s that kind of unity and fellowship that God blesses and uses for our good, for His glory and for bringing others to Jesus Christ.
Psalm 133:3 indicates that it is when His people dwell together in unity that they have the Mount Hermon experience; it’s when they dwell together in this way that He commands the blessing, even life forevermore. It’s when this occurs that we experience not just length of life, but a superior quality of life. It’s then also, I believe, that God impacts others with the reality and power of the Gospel and brings them to Jesus Christ so that they too may enjoy the blessing of real life forevermore. God never saved us to be loners; He saved us to be part of a family where fellowship in truth and mission and service and love and devotion are bountifully experienced and expressed. What about you? Do you crave fellowship? First, of course, fellowship with the Triune God, but secondly fellowship with others of like precious faith? We hope you can’t get enough of that. We hope you have an insatiable passion for this kind of relationship. Recently, in preparing for a message on The Kind of Church God Wants You to Join I was impressed by some words from Acts 2 about the people in the church at Jerusalem. Acts 2 says that the people were of “one mind” and they “were together”. To me that speaks of the kind of unity and fellowship God wants us as believers to have. He wants us to be of “one mind” and He wants us to “be together”. The words “dwell together” in Psalm 133 also speak of this same concept. To me they indicate that God doesn’t want us be content to live in isolation from other believers. To me they sound like He wants us to have more than a distant, shallow, superficial, casual, “Sunday go to meeting” type relationship with other Christians. What do you think? I think many of our churches need some heavenly dew badly. What are you doing to bring the dew down? What will you do to develop increased unity in faith and truth and fellowship with other believers so that God will command the blessing, even life forevermore?