Psalm 133 1 Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! 2 It is like the precious oil on the head,running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes! 3 It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the Lord has commanded the blessing, life forevermore.
My bible commentary says the following: The unity of God’s people has been, and continues to be a sign of God’s rich blessing. Here the psalmist reflects on those who are bound together in the worship of Yahweh at the temple, and he revels in their union in faith and practice as the true people of God.
He likens this unity to two different but equally important parts of their lives: unity in their holiness, as they submit to the practices of the priesthood by which their sins are forgiven and they are represented to God(v2): and unity in their dependence on God for his physical blessing, bringing moisture from the higher mountains in the north to water the needy land of Palestine (v.3). Both the priestly and the natural images also depict things distant from one another being joined by another element flowing down (the oil uniting Aaron’s head and collar, and dew uniting a northern high mountain with southern, lower hills). Spiritual and physical blessings are both good gifts from God above, and those who see God’s hand at work in both ways unite in their common praise of their gracious God.
As believers on this side of the cross, our minds are naturally brought to the unity we have in Christ(eg, John 17:21-23). The basis for our unity is even greater now that the fulfillment of those priestly laws has come, and the true Mediator of God’s people with their heavenly Father intercedes for us. If there was beauty in the unity of God’s people at the temple, how much more is the glory of our union shown as we, in Christ, display our devotion and love for him.
When I first came to HB, what I saw right away, was the love everyone has for Jesus. There may be differences of opinion that arise at times on other things, but there is no doubt we are all united when it comes to our love for our Lord. Everyone is here for each other at all times, to offer encouraging words and to lift each other up in prayer.
Please share any thoughts you might have on the importance of unity and share any verses and songs that may stand out to you today.
I wish you all a very blessed Monday.