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Today’s psalm is another “Psalm of Ascent.” Need a refresher on what that means? Read this. This passage is inspirational to those who follow the Lord because of its appeal to unity. We all know that unity is a good thing, but we also know that unity comes with true common ground. Unity without common ground is unsustainable.
The people of Israel needed to be unified in their worship of the one true God and focused on His Word. As God’s people, true unity must be founded on these principles as well. The illustration given in the second & third verses say more than we can expound upon in one post, but to briefly highlight, let’s reread them:
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. (Psalm 133:2–3 ESV)
First, unity among God’s people is compared with oil running down the beard of Aaron. This is hugely symbolic: this is talking about God’s anointing and the priesthood. It’s like the psalmist is saying that when we as brothers and sisters in Christ are unified in Him, we show how set apart we really are. That’s a great picture.
Second, dew of Hermon… That might sound weird, but it refers to Mount Hermon, and dew from the winter & spring on Hermon would actually serve as a spring of water that fills the life source of Israel: the Sea of Galilee. It’s saying that true unity in the Lord is life-giving. Let’s be frank: lots of relationships are a drain. They take energy. Conflict is wearying. But when Christ-followers dwell in unity, it’s like pulling in to the gas station and refueling. It propels us forward through a sin-stained world that constantly pulls us back.
So let’s fight to stay unified as the body of Christ. That can only happen when we’re rooted in the common ground of Jesus Christ & His Word. We might disagree from time to time on philosophical or practical interpretations, but we can do so with charity and grace. And when we get this right, we’ll really understand the phrase, “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!”
By: Todd Thomas — Worship & College Pastor