Day 79 | Troi Buchanan
Both of our Psalms this week are really short, so I’ll try and give some thoughts on both!
Psalm 133 (VOICE)
A song of David for those journeying to worship.
1 How good and pleasant it is when brothers and sisters live together in peace! 2 It is like the finest oils poured on the head, sweet-smelling oils flowing down to cover the beard, Flowing down the beard of Aaron, flowing down the collar of his robe. 3 It is like the gentle rain of Mount Hermon that falls on the hills of Zion. Yes, from this place, the
Eternal spoke the command, from there He gave His blessing—life forever.
At first I was really off-put by this image of oil being poured on someone’s head, but then I sat in that metaphor for a moment and it became strangely beautiful to me. It’s this idea that God anoints or blesses someone, or a group of people (the oil being poured), and then those people go on to bless others (the oil flowing down). And what is the catalyst for this blessing being poured out? Sisters and brothers, daughters and sons, living in peace. I wonder if there is an area in our lives, or our community, where peace does not reign.
Psalm 134 VOICE) Psalm 134
A song for those journeying to worship.
1 Praise the Eternal, all you who serve Him— who stand ready to serve in the house of the Eternal through the night. 2 Lift up your hands toward His sanctuary, and praise the Eternal. 3 May the Eternal grant you His blessing from Zion, God, the weaver of heaven and earth.
Ahhh, we could talk about this passage all day. I just want to point out that the Psalmist draws between praising the Eternal and serving in the house of the Eternal. In different church contexts and denominations, we tend to lean into one of these things, either praising or serving, either lifting up the name above every other name or getting our hands dirty doing the work of salvation. But theses things cannot be mutually exclusive. Worship and Serving are a
relationship, a back and forth, and to be wholistic followers of Christ we must engage in both.
I hope these Psalms find you well this week friends, peace and love to everyone reading!