Friday, May 17, 2013

Side by Side We Stand

"Side by side we stand" is one song that tells us of the value of unity. As David says, it is "good and pleasant" (Psalm 133). This standard of unity passes human understanding for quite often we only come together physically for convenience. When things go haywire, we easily scatter apart. Even worse is that everyone reminds their brother, "Everyone for himself; God for us all."

The kind of unity I am talking about is that which is inspired and blessed by God's presence. He promises and keeps; He who cannot lie; that such assembly will stand the stand the test of time "for where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them." (Matthew 18:20). He is no gatecrasher. He never barges in when not welcome. He petitions us, "Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends." ( Revelation 3:20) Such a gathering will be "in His name". I suggest that whenever we invite Jesus in, we must of necessity relinquish the chair for on more deserving.  He is a prolific adviser.

This kind of unity is what David, the man after God's own heart, having dined with Jesus, is moved to exclaim saying, "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!" (Psalm 133:1) Yes at times folks may reside together and enjoy some pleasure. Nevertheless, it only becomes both "how good" and "how pleasant" when "God with us" is there- for frequently pleasure is evil. "Good" is good, the reverse of evil. This sweet psalm, therefore, cannot apply to a den of thieves or a drinking den no matter how much warmth they may feel. Such unity is short-lived. Soon the cops appear and they scamper on an individual basis. However, a union where God is the basis, "there the LORD commands the blessing, even life for ever more." (Psalm 133:3). Unity plus God's peace that passes understanding. What a blend! Such is it's excellency, both "good and pleasant."

"Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters." (Hebrews 13:1). Now that we are eagerly waiting to "dwell together in unity" in heaven for ever more, it behooves us to begin right here. Let us stand side by side, leaning on His everlasting arms, Jesus himself will see us through. Meditate on these words:

Side by side we stand awaiting God's command
Worshiping the saving King
Living by His grace and moving on in faith
Jesus Himself will see us through

Meet me in heaven, we'll join hands together
Meet me by the Savior's side
I'll meet you in heaven, we'll sing songs together
Brothers and sisters, I'll be there

Soldiers all are we to go where Jesus leads
We'll fight in faith and we will overcome
Heaven is our goal, and saving every soul
Pray that we all will be there.

"Fulfill you my joy, that you be like minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind... Philippians 2:2-5

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