What then, shall we live as commanded?
What then, shall we live as commanded?
“In a similar way, urge the younger men to be self-restrained and to behave prudently [taking life seriously].” Titus 2:6 (AMP)
By Bobby R. Henry, Sr.
To the men and families and to all of those that we touch throughout our walk with Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., I offer to us a penetrating look into the depths of Psalm 133 as we embark upon our 100th Anniversary.
So many times we find ourselves straying away from the principles and foundations of our historic organizations, all in the name of moving up. We simply should realize that we need only to have stayed rooted in what was tried, tested and proven over time.
When we find ourselves troubled over the course and directions of our beloved organizations, we need not look any
further than the source that guided its founders through what must have seemed like insurmountable odds and impenetrable fortresses.
Oh what solace and power do we find in realizing that they too prevailed with wisdom, understanding, comfort and harmony found in lending and trusting on the Word of God.
As we men and friends of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. move on through the pages of time, let us leave with those whose presence we enter an indelible understanding to each page of history with keen insight honed with love and humility inspired by the Word of God. When this is done, prayerfully we do not encourage the wayward paths for others to follow.
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
Consider (think about, mull over give deep thought to) on how wholesome and superior and excellent and enjoyable and satisfying it is for family, friends, through bonds and bloodlines, a collection of people with something extraordinary in common and the love of God, to live together, to have a home, linger, to want to stay in agreement in harmony and accord with, not based upon financial standing or class or position in life.
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
It is a holy anointing oil, a mixture of four spices; myrrh, cinnamon, cane, and cassia mixed together in olive oil, a perfume blend. They were different spices mixed together to make a wonderful fragrance – a holy oil, a representation of unity. A portrait of diversity, albeit a community united. It was not the oil that was blessed but the assortment. Separately the spices could not make a holy oil. God did not ask for one spice, but required four different spices. God could have used just one spice, but He didn’t. The body of Jesus Christ is made up of all types of people. He calls us to live in agreement and unity.
The entire body shall be for the use of God. We are set apart for God’s use from the tops of our head down to where our clothes touch the ground is blessed. This precious oil is the bond that cements our unity. David must have written this Psalm at a time of peace in his life and that of his homeland. By comparing unity to the anointing oil, he is expressing how very precious unity is.
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. Psalm 133 (KJV)
By contrasting unity to the dew of Hermon (the top), David affirmed it to be advantageous to development and affluence.
The dew is one of the sources of nourishment for strong and healthy plant life. Unity always supports vigorous growth, potency and prosperity in families, people, organizations, etc.
Dejectedly, unity is not an expression that illustrates the world of today; separation and divisions are more precise accounts.
Until we are prepared to embrace the unadulterated TRUTH with audacity and without justification in individual lives, the world will never understand factual harmony.
“And show your own self in all respects to be a pattern and a model of good deeds and works, teaching what is unadulterated, showing gravity [having the strictest regard for truth and purity of motive], with dignity and seriousness.” Titus 2:7 (AMP)