Workday Prayers: Delight in the Gift of Unity

By Mark D. Roberts

June 20, 2023

Scripture — Psalm 133:1-2 (NRSV)

How very good and pleasant it is
    when kindred live together in unity!
It is like the precious oil on the head,
    running down upon the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
    running down over the collar of his robes.


It’s not uncommon to hear stories of conflict in workplaces. Getting along with others is always a challenge, especially when we face external assaults such as a lagging economy or a global pandemic. Thus, when people at work experience genuine unity, this is indeed a gift to celebrate.


Psalm 133:2 draws from the biblical story of the installation of Aaron as Israel’s first high priest. In Leviticus 8:12-14, Moses anointed Aaron and his sons, authorizing them for their priestly role within Israel. Moses used elegant, specially-prepared anointing oil that was pungent with spices (Exodus 30:23-25). According to Psalm 133, he did not use the oil sparingly but poured it generously on Aaron’s head so that it ran down his beard and onto his clothing. For Israel, this moment was a powerful symbol of God’s work among them.


Gracious God, today I thank you for how things are going at work. Sometimes, of course, we struggle to work well together. We can be overly competitive or too focused on ourselves to think about others. But, these days, we are working wonderfully as a team. We encourage each other and find ways to celebrate each other’s successes. When we don’t agree about something, we somehow manage to talk it through civilly so that we might find a good solution. Our boss is leading us wisely, giving direction as needed but also giving us freedom to be creative and to excel in our particular ways.

Thank you, dear Lord, for the unity we’re enjoying in this season. Thank you for the joy of genuine collaboration. Thank you for giving us colleagues with whom we enjoy working. Thank you for the privilege of watching our co-workers grow in their capabilities. Thank you for your gracious blessing upon us! Amen.

Ponder Throughout the Day

Unity in the workplace is a precious gift. When you experience it, be sure to enjoy it and to thank the Lord.

For Further Reflection

Read all of Psalm 133.

You might also read 1 Corinthians 13, considering its relevance to your workplace.

Banner image by James Lee on Unsplash.

Find all Life for Leaders devotions here. Explore what the Bible has to say about work at the High Calling archive, hosted by the unique website of our partners, the Theology of Work Project. Reflection on today’s Life for Leaders theme can be found here: A Pleasure We Need Today.

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Mark D. Roberts

Senior Strategist

Dr. Mark D. Roberts is a Senior Strategist for Fuller’s Max De Pree Center for Leadership, where he focuses on the spiritual development and thriving of leaders. He is the principal writer of the daily devotional, Life for Leaders,...

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