A song of ascents. Of David.
How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.
Psalm 133 talks of the goodness and blessing of unity. When we think of unity, we think of one mind, one purpose, goal or vision that people come together or agree on. Yet if you think about it, to have unity, you also must have diversity. Unity is not everyone being the same – that is uniformity. Unity exists when people have started from different places and yet find themselves walking in agreement with each other – not on everything, but at least on something.
Each year, on the church calendar’s official Day of Pentecost, believers around the world are praying. They are from different nations, different races, different languages, different ages, and different denominations. And if you need diversity in order to create unity, then these people are united - through their prayers and expecting God’s blessing! And Israelis are participating in this unity too.
Our news media does not often talk of the unity in Israel between Jew and Arab, primarily expressed through the believers there. But for the last couple of years, Rania, a Nazareth Arab woman has been a catalyst for this kind of expression. The Global Day of Prayer is held on Sunday, 27th May this year and in Nazareth, Arab and Jewish pastors, leaders, congregations, worship teams and believing youth will be gathering in an hotel to worship, fast and pray for their country, their government, cities, villages, their schools and families. Rania has organised this for several years and is expectant of what God will do when the Children of Abraham come together in unity to pray for Israel.