Blest be the Ties That Bind
Verse 1 How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!
We are going to spend one more day on this verse about learning to walk in Jesus’ footprints so we can live in unity.
We have talked about how living in unity is about seeking Christ’s way instead of trying to force unity among us. When we start finding this unity we will find that there will be a joy in being together. We will experience what it truly means to be in the body of Christ. It will feel good to be on the journey of faith together. We will see how nice it is to be in the presence of the Lord together.
Have you ever listened while the congregation sings during worship? What an excellent example of unity. To hear these songs sung in unison, in various parts can make a heart swell with joy. Then when you think about the fact that these words are truly a song of worship and praise to the Lord, you can’t help but see the unity for what it is.
When the congregation sings things like, “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me” we can know that each of us are thinking of ways that He has shown us His grace. A whole group of people thinking about their individual sins and how gracious God is in forgiving them. This is part of the unity of being in Christ.
Or maybe we are singing something like, “Have Thine own way, Lord, have Thine own way.” When each of us makes this the prayer of our hearts we are praying for Him to convict us of selfishness that may have been ruling our lives. But more than that, though we may not realize it, we are praying as a congregation that we would surrender the will of the people to the Lord of the Church.
This is how we know the goodness and pleasant nature of unity. That joy in worshiping together is something that those traveling to Jerusalem for the festivals could enjoy. And it is something we can enjoy too, when we are in unity.
Making It Personal
Do you think about the songs you sing in church? Have you ever listened to the congregation sing and think about what it means to sing in unison? What part do you have in the level of unity in your church?
Making It Personal Kids
Do you like to sing in church and Sunday School? Did you know that singing is a way you can be in unity? Do you feel happy when there is unity?
Father, thank You for building us for community and unity. Help us seek You so that we can find that joy of unity with each other. In Jesus’ name, amen.