Oh, what a sweet thing, a salve to the soul to be in the house of the Lord among the brethren. A salve used as a noun means to promote healing or protection or when used as a verb can mean to soothe or comfort.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, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard.Oh, how the presence of God amidst the gathering of God’s people provides healing and comfort to the soul.
Consider the precious oil as it is described here in the Psalms. David akin it to the unity of God’s people gathering. This beautiful dwelling is unique and a wonder! It is a salve to those areas of us that are injured, damaged, cut by the world. We recently returned from a vacation. Though restful and much needed time away, we found ourselves longing to be back at church. Typically, we try to find a local church to attend on Sundays. We have not always done this, but we have found over the years, it is just not good for us to not to be among God’s people. It feels as though a part of us is missing. Like an arm or leg separated from the rest of the body. 1 Corinthians 12:12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also, is Christ. Oh, how unity amongst God’s people is a blessing to God as well as blessing corporately and individually!
We must continue to walk together unified as one body in Christ alone. Praise God, he has given us examples of people and churches throughout the Bible to learn from. In the book of Revelation, one of the churches described is the lukewarm church. They were known for their pride and wealth yet blind to the things which they truly needed. Revelation 3:17-18 Because you say I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked—I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.
Let us be people able to recognize the areas of our life which are cut, injured, damaged! This recognition begins with repentance of sins and the realization that we are wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked apart from Christ’s forgiveness. Once this occurs, then the sweet salve can be applied to our lives. The great mystery, the precious oil, the wonder of God’s church body working together in unity becomes a light to the world.~Jenn#EvetythingUnderTheSon