I LOOVVVEEE PEOPLE! I seriously, deeply, genuinely love them. Yes! You, even! I actually even love you!
I’m completely convinced that life without people would suck terribly. It could actually be worse than life without sweets or candy.
If I had the option to live 10 years longer but in solitary confinement, I’d choose to die.
Too far? Ok.
Well last night I had a convo with a new friend *pause & sing* “More New Friends.” That’s what Drake MEANT to say, I’m sure of it cause *pause & sing* “Life is betta, now that, now that I found you…” …at least that’s how I feel every time I make a new friend! Lol Sidenote: That song was a deep cut, only my real underground music listeners will know that one. I’ll give you a hint now and give the answer at the end of the post. Hint: It’s by a person who shares his name with a personal hygiene tool.
On to the point. There’s this scripture, Psalm 133 that’s been resounding in my head for about a month now.
“Behold how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity.”
I’ve read this entire Psalm 133 passage over and over and I find the depth of the explanation soooo interesting!
The first verse alone is straight to the point. Simple. Easy and clear to understand, yet! The psalmist felt compelled to expound a bit deeper, likening this fellowship to “precious oil” and “the dew of Hermon.” Peep verses 2 and 3:
2 It is like the precious oil on the head,
running down on the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
running down on the collar of his robes!
3 It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the Lord has commanded the blessing, life forevermore
I wanna keep this post light and to the point so I won’t dig super deep (resist, KD), but look at the significances of these two analogies:
1) Precious Oil – because the word “precious” is used here, this lets me know, we’re not talking about some regular old oil used for cooking. This oil was special enough to be used for the anointing of kings and priests! Aaron, the high priest to be exact! Yoooo!!! This is exciting news! Check this out:
- From Adam to Abraham to Moses to Aaron (I just skipped a TON of generations, but go with me)…each of these men were chosen by God for the purpose of unity!
- I’ll focus on Aaron since he’s the one specifically mentioned in this scripture. As the high priest, Aaron’s role was to bring unity between God and man. He was the representative not just for his people, but for all 12 of the tribes of Israel. All 12 of the tribes were unified and represented by one high priest. And Aaron was THAT dude! So imagine just how precious the oil being referred to is!
2) The Dew of Hermon – Mt. Hermon is the highest mountain in Israel. It is pretty much covered with snow and the water that melts from this mountain is the main source of water for the Jordan River! Peep the importance of this:
- Back in the day, entire civilizations were built based on where the natural water supply was. Why? Because water equals life. Without water, we die! Clearly the dew of Mt. Hermon was (and still is) a natural source of physical water for Israel. The fact that this is equated with “life forevermore” is soooo dope! Especially because this is also the mountain where many believe Jesus was transfigured! Is anybody else excited!
- Simply put, Mount Hermon represents life…unity with Christ represents eternal life…there is a commanded blessing in unity! And not only is a blessing commanded, but it’s of eternal value.
Unity and community are extremely valuable and life-giving.
A great example of this is in Genesis 13:8:
“So Abram said to Lot, “Please let there be no strife between you and me, nor between my herdsmen and your herdsmen, for we are brothers.”
Check out his reason, ”for we are brothers.”
The reason why we should come together, accept others into our lives, be unified in spirit and avoid strife is because we are brothers and sisters.
Hebrews 13:1 “let love of the brethren continue.”
Romans 12:10 “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor;”
You want my last Recess cup? Cool. You’re my sister!
1 Thessalonians 4:9 “Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another;”
Over and over and over we are told to love one another and be unified…just as God has shown us!
And here’s my final thought:
I know that relationships and people are valuable because God made them/us. And not only that, but investing our lives into people is one of the only things on this earth with eternal value and significance.
Plus! At the end of it all, we’re all coming together anyway, so you might as well start getting to know some people now and inviting new peeps to the party cause when we all gather together, you’re definitely going to want to know some people! Lol
I wrote all this to say, people matter. Find some and love them cause Jesus said so. The investment is worth more than we can probably comprehend.
- If you have strife with someone, try and patch it up on your end at least.
- If you have trust issues cause you’ve been hurt by people, ask God to heal you, He may just send along a new friend to help you through the healing process.
- If you’re harboring bitterness, choose to begin the journey of forgiveness.
- And if you’re stingy and selfish with your time, only doing what you “feel like” or want to do with your life, challenge yourself to get uncomfortable, dig deeper, and invest in some relationships.
I think that’s all I have.
Now here’s the song you’ve been trying to guess this whole time (or immediately gave up on trying to guess), “Life is Better” by the helpful hygiene tool, Q-Tip feat. Norah Jones! Enjoy.