1 A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to
dwell together in unity!
2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even
Aaronís beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;
3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore
The Lord says 3 things here.
1. If we dwell together in unity....He will send the:
2. the precious ointmentÖ.the anointing: then
3. God commanded the blessing
God says that if we will dwell in unity, that it is like the ointment upon the head that ran down Aaronís beard. The ointment is the anointing. Unity will bring anointing. So letís back up a little. What does it take to bring unity?
Unity only comess by the spirit. Letís face it, we all have different ideas of what we want or would like to see. These are our fleshly desires. When God desires something it would be rather insane to say that in a group that are dwelling together that He would tell each one to go a different direction. God is not the author of confusion. Every one in a different direction will promote disharmony and confusion. If every person is desirous of only the Holy Spiritís will, then God would give each a similar direction or desire. Unity comes only by the spirit.
Going backwards a little more then the question is, ďhow do we get into the spirit and hear His voice?Ē First we need to get to the point that we desire HIM first and foremost. We want His will more than our own. Our will and agenda we have learned are fruitless and are just dead religious works. The Holy Spirit recently told me: ďif you want me, Iíll come, if you will praise me, Iíll comeĒ. For me personally I have found that the best way is to spend time with the Lord. I have learned to praise and worship Him no matter what. God inhabits praise. I have learned that spending time praying in the spirit (tounges) will bring me into the spirit realm and out of my flesh. We are told to build our self up on our most holy faith, praying in the spirit. Praying in the spirit builds up our spirit man instead of our flesh or carnal nature. If we learn to do this we will find that we tap into Godís knowledge and plans. We must go where He is instead of asking Him to come down where we are. God is a spirit. His ways are spiritual, not carnal. He even speaks of carnality when He says that they that are in the flesh (their carnal mind) cannot please Him. Bottom line is that if we will pray in the spirit, God will talk to us and the end result will be unity with the ones that are doing the same.
Going backwards some more is that we must be filled with the spirit. Unless we are filled the only thing that we can draw from is the flesh, which as said earlier does not please God. We need to be baptized in the Holy Spirit with evidence of speaking in other tounges. This is our prayer language. This when we use it releases Godís ability in us. It takes us out of ďIĒ and it becomes ďHIMĒ. We surrender as Jesus did when He said I came not to do my will, but the will of the Father that sent me. We desire to bring Godís kingdom and any idea of estabishing our own kingdom is no longer considered. This is when we can pray in the spirit and press in till we hear and get answers and direction from the Lord.
As leadershp comes into unity and walking in the same direction to promote Godís plan and purpose, then this must trickle into the congregation. If leadership then promotes works by the flesh, then disunity in the body will be the result. If the primary focus and instruction is for the body to listen and obey, then the full body of Christ will be the result. Even though there is a leg, arm, foot, finger, etc, all will be in harmony as each will either hear from the Lord or their spirit will bear witness to truth. All will work together to fulfill what God has told them to do. The church will become a mighty force of power bringing and ushering in the will and purposes that God intended for that particular body.
Scripture says that a house divided cannot stand. A unified body is a real key in bringing Godís presence and purposes. Leadership can be in unity and the body in disarray or vice versa. If we can all surrender to Godís will and make it the only priority, then I firmly believe that we will experience a very powerful, anointed church. God said in Psalms 133:1-3, that because there was unity, He sent the anointing, and then He commanded the blessings. Blessings will come if we do things Godís way and not ours.