Summary: The blessings of people living together
“How good and Pleasant Brothers living together”
By Rev. Andrew B Natarajan B.Sc.,B.D.,M.S.W.,M.Phil.
Introduction to Psalm:
This is the fourteenth of the so-called Pilgrim Songs, or Songs of Ascents.David penned this psalm on the occasion of the union between the northern tribes and southern Judah. They all met at Hebron to make David as their only king after the death of Saul and Jonathan. It is attested by Targum and by some manuscripts of the LXX, The attribution of this Psalm to David is sustained by Scroll of Qumran Cave.
Here the psalmist emphasized the Unity of the saints and the chosen people. He called for the Unity and Peace among his subjects for the smooth functioning of the Kingdom and peaceful living of the communities.
He starts the psalm with the beautiful words of “How good and how pleasant, Brothers dwelling together in unity”. The great scholarMathew Henrysays“Unity is not only not quarrelling, and devouring one another, but delighting in each other with mutual endearments, and promoting each other’s welfare with mutual services,and having one heart, one soul, and one interest”.
Further another commentary known as Treasury of Davidputs as“When they join together and are one in affection, when they are all of one heart, though possibly they are not all of one mind; or, when they meet in affection, though not in one opinion” yet unity must be exhibited in their lives.
Hence, unity is the identity of the Disciples of Jesus Christ. The best and foremost important prayer of Jesus is found in John 17 calls for unity among the followers of Christ.Paul says “you agree one another and have no divisions among you” (I Cor.1:10), agree for the sake of unity, for the sake of Christ, for the sake of community, for the sake of Church existence, for the sake of unbelievers.And further Paul says “Be of one mind and live in peace” (II Cor. 13:11), Live in harmony with one another (I Pet 3:8) withOne thought, one purpose, one goal, one aim.
Mom’s Bible Journal says“sadly, unity is not a word that describes the Church of today; division and factions are more accurate descriptions of the condition of today’s church”.Another scholarCoffmanComments“Despite its fragmentation, despite its bitter disputes, anathemas and denunciations is still surpassingly Church is beautiful”. Further elaborates“God has commanded us to keep the "Spirit of unity in the bond of peace"; but we cannot `keep' that which does not exist”. So that what we can do is only look up to God in our helplessness and plead with Him to look upon us all with loving compassion and pity to create unity.
Therefore, if we want to bring unity in the Church as Paul says “Make every effort to keep the unity” (Eph. 4:3), such as,effort of forgiving, effort of forgetting, effort of accepting the weakness of one another, effort of appreciating each other.