“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” – Psalm 133:1.

The 2nd to last Psalm of Ascent was sung as the travelers entered the city. As they did so, their group would swell alongside all the other groups entering Jerusalem.

All there for the same purpose. To worship the the God of Israel.

That meeting would be so joyous. You’d sense that whatever town you originally came from was part of something huge. That your average days weren’t just average days. They were part of God’s big plan.

They compared that joy to the snow that melted on top of Mount Hermon, became the Jordan, and watered all Israel.

I’ve seen those four little rivers that snake down from Mount Hermon and eventually form the Jordan. They’re pretty in places, but certainly not impressive.

I saw some impressive things today.

Masada, where the last remnants of the Jewish revolt against Rome committed mass suicide to avoid slavery.

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The Dead Sea, which is slowly dying due because of centuries with no outlet.

Qumram, home of the Essenes (and the caves that held the Dead Sea Scrolls), a sect of Judaism who left Judea because of its corruption, only to enslave themselves to a legalism just as bad.

All cool sites. But not nearly as cool as the fellowship I had at dinner with believers from all around the world.

Sunset over Jerusalem

There were stories, questions about the Bible, and tears of joy at having grown closer to the Lord.

God’s very presence in our midst.

“It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments.” – Psalm 133:2

I’m so thankful for the new friends I’ve made, and the blessing of being a part of their story, as they are now a part of mine. I’m so grateful for the loving God who unites us together. I’m so grateful for my spiritual family back home in Orlando.

Take some time today to think about the privilege you have to be a part of God’s plan. Let your work, your home life, and your church life flow out of that. I guarantee you’ll find the same joy I am.

Below is a video I posted earlier on Facebook. It’s here to put everything from this day in one spot.

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