A Thousand Pianos in Tune

Lou Lotz

READ : Psalm 133:1-3

How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity! (v. 1)

A businessman was on a crowded train in Korea. He could not speak Korean; none of the other passengers spoke a word of English. To pass the time, the man opened his Bible and began to read. A fellow traveler flashed a big smile and also produced a Bible, thumbed through it, and pointed to a certain passage. It was Psalm 133, verse 1: “How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity.” Both men smiled. They could not understand one another, yet they were brothers in faith.

In the chiseled brevity of Psalm 133 there is a sweet, simple vision—people living together in unity. How good it is when sisters and brothers, members of the same family, live in unity and harmony. How pleasant when a whole nation—every race, creed, and class—is united.

Imagine if the nations of the world, the whole human community, could dwell in peace.

The train ride of life has a lot less bumps when all the passengers ride together in unity. The more we focus on living for God, the easier it is for us to live with one another. As A.W. Tozer observed, “A thousand pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other.”


Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.