When you read the the first verse of Psalm 133 do you first think family, local congregation, or broader church? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.
In the sermon, I mentioned that I make a point that if the radio is playing on the way to church, it’s only tuned to a station that plays Christian music. I don’t want to get caught up in sport or politics on my way to worship God. I want to remind myself of what God’s done and doing in my life and Christian music helps me do that. Do you have a “Song of Ascents” or a tradition for preparing for worship with the church? Add a comment and share what you do.
In his book Christian Community: Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote regarding unity and singing, “It is the voice of the Church that is heard in singing together. It is not you that sings, it is the Church that is singing, and you, as a member of the Church, may share in its song.” Do you agree?
Songs from the Psalm
It’s tough to find songs from a psalm that’s only 3 verses long, but here’s some with a similar theme.
- How Sweet, How Heav’nly Is the Sight,
- While We Meet in Sweet Communion
- Behold, What Manner of Love
- Bind Us Together
- The Greatest Command
- Blest Be the Tie
- My Brethren, Let Us Be As One
- Love, love, love, love … the gospel in a word is love
- In Christ There is No East or West
- Where Charity and Love Prevail (never sung in my hearing, but a great set of lyrics)
- O Brother Man (another great set of lyrics, but written in 1848 and sounding every year of it)
I knew 5 of these 11, and could sing a couple more when I looked them up. How about you? What other songs do you suggest? Any modern ones?