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Our Daily Bread Devotional 2 December 2021 | Celebrating Diversity

by TheGospelNG

Our Daily Bread Devotional 2nd December 2021 Today | Celebrating Diversity
Our Daily Bread Devotional 2nd December 2021 Today | Celebrating Diversity

Welcome to Our Daily Bread Ministries ODB Devotional for 2 December 2021 written by Lisa M. Samra to inspire and bless you. God bless you as you read, study and pray! Kindly share with other people.



Bible in a Year: Ezekiel 42–44; 1 John 1

Key Verse: “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” Psalm 133:1

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 133

Our Daily Bread Devotional 2 December 2021 | Insight

David’s reign as king saw more than its share of conflict, yet the theme of Psalm 133, which is attributed to him, is unity. James Montgomery Boice proposes that perhaps David’s coronation provided the inspiration for the psalm. The nation had been divided under Saul’s leadership, and David’s ascension to the throne likely infused the people with anticipation. A coronation marks a fresh beginning, one filled with hope for unity under the new king.

This psalm of ascents makes two geographical references, both to mountains. Mount Hermon, at 9,232 feet (2,814 m.) was the highest point on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea. It was far north of Mount Zion in Jerusalem (elev. 2,510 ft., 765 m.). The imagery of dew from snow-capped Hermon would resonate well with pilgrims walking the dusty road to Jerusalem to celebrate the three annual festivals—Passover, Pentecost (Festival of Weeks), and the Festival of Tabernacles.

Our Daily Bread Today ODB Message

At the 2019 graduation ceremony at a local high school, 608 students prepared to receive their diplomas. The principal began by asking students to stand when he read the name of the country where they were born: Afghanistan, Bolivia, Bosnia . . . . The principal kept going until he’d named sixty countries and every student was standing and cheering together. Sixty countries; one high school. The beauty of unity amid diversity was a powerful image that celebrated something near to God’s heart—people living together in unity.

We read an encouragement for unity among God’s people in Psalm 133, a psalm of ascent—a song sung as people entered Jerusalem for annual celebrations. The psalm reminded the people of the benefits of living harmoniously (v. 1) despite differences that could cause division. In vivid imagery, unity is described as refreshing dew (v. 3) and oil—used to anoint priests (Exodus 29:7)—“running down” the head, beard, and clothing of a priest (v. 2). Together, these images point to the reality that in unity God’s blessings flow so lavishly they can’t be contained.

For believers in Jesus, despite differences such as ethnicity, nationality, or age, there’s a deeper unity in the Spirit (Ephesians 4:3). When we stand together and celebrate that common bond as Jesus leads us, we can embrace our God-given differences and celebrate the source of true unity. By: Lisa M. Samra

Reflect: When have you experienced the goodness of unity in Christ? How has it brought blessing?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me do my part to live in unity with all of God’s people.

Thank you for your time in reading Today’s Our Daily Bread Devotional | Celebrating Diversity

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