A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Psalm 133

We continue to read Eugene Peterson’s, “A Long Obedience in the Same Direction” throughout April, reflecting upon Psalms 120-134, also known as the Songs of Ascent. Details on how to easily purchase the book are here.

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Peterson sums up ‘Community’, as framed by Psalm 133, in this way:

“The oil flowing down Aaron’s beard communicates warm, priestly relationship. The dew descending down Hermon’s slopes communicates fresh and expectant newness. Oil and dew. The two things that make life together delightful.”

  • If you were to see others at church as ‘fellow priests’– mediating God to one another in words and behaviour– what would change for you?
  • How might a curiosity for the work of God in others’ lives shape your conversations?

Now turn your reflections into prayer.

One thought on “A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Psalm 133

  1. Malcolm April 26, 2022 / 7:27 am

    It is good for the church elders to remember that they are responsible for a community and not a bank.

    I heard a sermon on the weekend encouraging us to speak to each other regarding the blessing that the other has been to us. This is much better than talking about the weather when we meet but requires more effort in getting involved with others.

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