A Season of Psalms - Psalm 133
“Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! 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! It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the Lord has commanded the blessing, life forevermore.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
There’s a story of a pygmy who stood over a rhinoceros that he killed. This was an odd sight to behold: a large rhinoceros under the feet of a little pygmy. A man came across this strange sight and said to the pygmy, “Did you kill that?” The little pygmy said, “Yup, I killed it with my club.” Curious, the man asked, “Well, how big is your club?” The pygmy said, “There are about a hundred of us in my club!”
Psalm 133 says it’s “good and pleasant when brothers dwell in unity!” In a warring world where divisions are becoming commonplace, unity is refreshing. The psalmist says it’s like oil running down Aaron’s head, into his beard, and onto his collar. Oil was used to moisten the skin in the dry climate of Israel and was also used in the anointing of kings, priests, and others of high rank. It represented the gift of God’s Spirit. Unity is also compared with the dew of Mount Hermon, the only snow-capped peak in Israel, whose dew falls on dry, dusty Zion. Both images convey the idea that unity is refreshing and pleasant.
Where there is unity, there is joy. The perfect picture of the church is diversity in unity—each of us working in our unique capacity toward the common goal of glorifying God. When we gossip, hold grudges, or harbor resentment against fellow believers, we are not working in unity. The church of Jesus Christ can have a powerful testimony in a divisive world, a testimony that says unity is possible when prompted by true love and exemplified in peace. Where there is unity, there is life!
Further Reading: Ephesians 4:1-6; John 17:20-26
Pray with me:
Almighty Father, let there be peace on Earth…let there be unity…and let it begin with me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.