A Bible Devotion from Psalm 133 Precious Unity! 2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; I Corinthians 1:4-9 I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge, even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you, so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. So what we have in Psalm 133:2 is that unity among the brethren is a holy thing, a special thing, a different thing, a transcendent thing—something that only happens because a holy God initiates it. You have been given whatever gift you need. Strife ends because we are all trying to live peaceably with each other. Scripture: Psalm 133:2. As dew gives life to the vegetation around it, so God’s blessing gives also gives life. He has given you access to the Father, given you the opportunity to have unity with Him, to be one. RayFowler.org is a place to discuss various issues relating to God and life. You are dividing yourself over one. It is like the dew of Hermon, descending upon the mountains of Zion. What we are going to do today is look at Psalm 133. First of all, living together in unity is both good and pleasant. Of David. Only as we focus on Christ the head of the body, and only as we yield to the Holy Spirit within us can we know the sweet goodness of living together in unity. Romans 12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. 1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! Galatians 3:28 says: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28) James 1 says: “The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position. When God says "Fetch," it just does not come. Separation, isolation, discord, are unnatural and inhuman. Is this Psalm about the unity of groups of Israelites/Jews or all mankind (i.e., Ps. If you teach, do it! This brings me to Psalm 133 and what's it about: the unity of God's People. In three short verses, the … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 133" It is throwing off the old man, and putting on Christ, the new man. I’m not sure if you all know something. Not all Bible translations have it, but in the Hebrew there is an actual “Behold!” at the beginning of the verse. “No Christian is an only child.” (Eugene Peterson). Remember in Isaiah 55:11 He says that He sends forth His word and it does not come back to Him empty, unfulfilled, void. In both of these images the blessing comes from above and then pours down on us. If you look in Romans 15 it says we are to glorify Him as one body. It goes beyond what is merely normal, and that is what anointing does. The problem with this one is that there are a couple that, again, do not fit. I have just given you the surface of this. Do we not want to be united so that we can all get to that same goal together as the bride of Christ, to be resurrected, to have immortality, and to have eternal life? The dew here is probably another symbol for the Holy Spirit, for the Holy Spirit is essential to our unity in Christ. Look at verse 2: “It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of his robes.” (Psalm 133:2) This is one of those Biblical images that grows and expands in meaning with every phrase and every word. It is another beautiful picture, and it puts so much in a bit of poetry. Romans 12:3-8 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. "How right it is for God's people to be one.". We would not even think of them. Do the toe's work in faith. What things we could accomplish! Articles Sermons Topics Books Podcasts Filter Resources By Ask Pastor John. What is the mouth of the garment? Looking at other portions of Scripture, we can find some of the ways there should be unity among true believers . Christian unity is God’s gift to us – flowing down over us like precious oil on Aaron’s head or rich dew from Mount Hermon. What If We Already Lived Together Before Marriage? This week’s scripture: Psalm 133. Notice how I put that, because immortality and eternal life are not the same thing. In the Levitical ritual it was in the person of the high priest that at-one-ment was made with the people on the Day of Atonement. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!. Who is the anti-type? Strife would cease. In ancient Israel they used this for anointing the king and anointing the high priest. They are all tied together by humility—that one is not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think. Psalm 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! Call to Worship (based on Psalm 133) Holy God, the Father of us all, we gather to worship you and to reaffirm our shared relationship as children of God. Song – Even Unto Death – Audrey Assad . A song of ascents. The reason I say this is because the whole of verse 2 and verse 3 is hyperbole. I will just read quickly. They will get done. Living together in unity is a foretaste of heaven We could have rest in our unity. Share this: Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window) When verse 3 says that God “bestows” his blessings there, the word translated “bestows” is literally the word for “commands.” Where believers live in unity, God commands his blessing to be there. The oil comes down upon the high priest, and it goes down and drops onto the body. So first of all, God gives his blessing where believers live together in unity. We do use the oil in the case of anointing for healing. It is the hem of the skirt that is all the way down by the ankles. "How lovely are thy dwellings, O Eternal, Lord of Hosts." III. The city crowns the hill and its Temple stood on a “mount.” 133:3c)? That is a picture of what Paul brings out in I Corinthians 12. Why did David choose Aaron? – 2 Corinthians 1:21-22, And then finally, living together in unity is a foretaste of heaven. Without lowliness (which is humility), without gentleness (which is meekness), without longsuffering (which is forbearance or patient endurance), if we do not do these things in love and in peace, we will never have unity. The source of living together in unity (2-3a). Immortality is endless life. It can be summarized briefly: it is good when God’s people get along! There are few things as precious in this world as believers living together in unity. But wait there’s more! As long as we are proud, as long as we are easily angered and offended, as long as we jump on every little thing, having no patience, and as long as we treat each other hatefully, and as long as we cause strife, there will never be unity. If we would start doing some of these things, unity would begin. One of the great ironies I mentioned to the elders yesterday (at the ministerial conference) is that even though the word "unity" is here in our English translation, the word "unity" really does not appear in this song. It is a unity that crosses all human boundaries and divisions. It is a unity of the great and small, the high and the low, the north and south brought together. Romans 12:18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. The people would travel to Jerusalem for the feasts with their neighbors, family and relatives. Like the descent of the dew of Hermon and the fragrant oil, unity comes from God through His Son to us by the anointing of His Spirit, covering us from head to toe. – Galatians 3:28; Ephesians 4:2-3; James 1:9-10. You are to prefer the other guy. The host is generous, gracious, not stingy. Psalm 133 Good and Pleasant—Notes for Adults. It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments. © Ray Fowler. Those who have the spirit of God are the sons of God. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. Obviously the idea of unity is there. And so Christian fellowship is like oil poured on the head, running down on the beard. His final prayer in the garden was, Father, let these people be one with us, as I am one with You, and You with Me. So we have "running down on the beard," and "running down on the edge of his garments," and then in the next verse it says "the dew descends upon the mountains of Zion." The word yachad means “together,” ”both,” “joined,” and when brethren are joined, then brethren are together. I Samuel 16:13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. Psalm 133 is a Song of Ascents–a song for going up to a high place. Psalm 133:2-3 It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments. I want to go to Romans 12 which begins a four-chapter section of practical advice that Paul gives to the Roman church about how to be unified and carry out God's will in the church. The high priest is the vehicle of that oneness—the unity with God. Right? In the church we have used it many times in ordaining elders, not the anointing with oil, but the act of ordination. Consider this seriously, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith, that you in faith can consider your place in the church and deal with it. What is interesting to me is that there are definite links to "gathering" at Jerusalem, or "going to" Jerusalem. That's why you have disunity.” They had not picked up the ball. We cannot have unity without it being given to us from above. . The Beauty of Unity 1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It doesn’t come from this world at all. “It is a wonder seldom seen, therefore behold it! He doesn’t hold anything back. Have you ever gone on a road trip with your family? Colossians 1:20 By Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. Upon the anointing or setting apart of our High Priest Jesus Christ, and our own anointing with God's Holy Spirit, we receive the means to attain this unity. Would not strife cease if we would stop giving him back what he gave to us? In other words, when we meet with God in worship, we will experience Christian unity and God will send his blessing. Even with all that God does, it will not happen. It is that Spirit that covers us all, that infuses us all and binds us into one. I am sure you all recognize it. Our psalm answers that question by giving us two images. Of course the greatest blessing of all is just the Lord drawing near to us. When I woke up and looked at my thermometer it was already up to about 80 to 85 degrees. Many have rejected the Sabbath day and have rejected other parts of God's law, and are slipping, or have slipped back into the world. We have all had the anointing of the Holy Spirit. What an amazing thing it would be if the dew of Mount Hermon were to fall on Mount Zion. Let us look at I Peter 2:9-10. Verses 2 and 3 describe what unity is like, and it describes it or compares it to oil and to dew. As a Christian, you don’t get to choose whether or not you are going to be part of the family of God. – Exodus 30:22-33; Psalm 23:5; Ephesians 5:23,30. Was not the Garden of Eden watered by the dew, and not by rain? It comes from a higher place, and it goes down to a lower place. This psalm tells us three things about waiting on the Lord. Last week we looked at God coming to dwell with us. He is the originator of unity, and without Him we can do nothing. It is actually in the ante-Lebanon range, which would make it actually just a little bit outside the realm of Palestine. It was probably just a small amount that was ceremoniously put on his head and allowed to drip down his hair and his beard and onto his shoulders.” I do not think so. So the only question remaining is how will you live as part of the family of God? It is an image of the whole body of Christ united together with Jesus as our Head. The fact that the oil is poured on Aaron’s head also points towards Christ. We used that as a base to look at unity among the brethren, and we will see, I hope by the end of this sermon, where we fit in bringing unity about. This is not any old oil. John Piper Feb 17, 2018 655 Shares God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him Learn more about Desiring God Then you need to live in unity. But that is the idea. But God lives in unity with His Son Jesus Christ, and they are happy, and we want that so much. But we need to work together to overcome disagreements and always, always love each other as brothers and sisters in Christ. They have been given everything they need, and they were still disunited. Like I said, strife would cease, tempers would cool, offenses would be forgiven, grudges would be dropped. Worship, unity and blessing are all tied up together. How refreshing it would be if we had a dewfall to cut the heat, to cut the dryness. Most of your Bibles will have as a title, "A Psalm (or Song) of Ascents (or Degrees)." It was only he that could go through the veil after his sins had been purged and after Israel's sins had been purged, to present himself before God and sprinkle the mercy seat with blood. Psalms 131, 133 and 134 each have three verses. Hello and welcome to RayFowler.org. If we were going to make Palestine into a body, this is another "head to toe"—all the way from Hermon, all the way down into Zion. It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. Conversations along the Road. Don’t Rebuild Walls Christ Tore Down Psalm 133:3. Social, cultural, racial, financial, differences and distinctions would not matter a bit. Sacrifice is the essence of godly love. Even so, we have to work on ourselves to be one with God. Christian unity is a gift from God that comes down to us from heaven through Christ the head of the body by the Holy Spirit indwelling us as believers. As we know, II Thessalonians 2 says that a great falling away has to happen before the end, and maybe, as we think, this is it. Mount Zion is located in the southern part of Israel. Needs would be met. There have been many other songs written using those words. Just do your job. This fourth one, which I think is most likely, is that these fifteen songs were pilgrimage songs sung by the people as they went up to Jerusalem, attending to Jerusalem. It is like the dew of Hermon falling on Mount Zion We are that High Priest's body, and we do what the Head says. 2) It tells us the source of living together in unity. John Piper Feb 13, 2018 800 Shares Look at the Book. Unity is the same way. God can do it, and God will do it—in His own time—but I think He is waiting for some indication from us that we want to be unified, and that we are willing to work for it under His terms—not our terms, but under His. The blessing of living together in unity (3b). As believers we are united with Christ, and we are filled with the Holy Spirit. Scripture - Psalms 133:1-3 (v. 1) Sermon - How Sweet It Is! They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.” (Acts 2:42-47) What a beautiful picture of unity! If we wish to appreciate as it deserves this rich gift of God, it … The church is Zion. Archive Psalm 133. All the riches of His nature and His power and knowledge have been given to us. Well, you have two choices. So as the body of Christ, the High Priest, we too have been anointed, just like it says in Psalm 133:2. This psalm is the fourth and last psalm in the Psalms of Ascent that is attributed to King David. Zion, the blessings of the Lord were coming down upon them, in their unity of purpose and worship. Is that not a beautiful picture? In order that I could analyze the Psalm 133, denominated Psalm of the Fraternity or of the Concordance, I divided the work in two parts. We see no reason for depriving David of the authorship of this sparkling sonnet. We are brothers and sisters together in Christ I Corinthians 12:13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. Paul tells the Corinthians—“You're still carnal! Enough said. It was a special blend of olive oil, myrrh, cinnamon, cassia and cane. As an aside, it is also thought by some scholars to be the mount where Christ was transfigured, where His glory was shown to His disciples. Psalm 133:1-3 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. Does it not say in Romans that we all have that Spirit? We have, in a way, David's baptism, and he was separated from all his brothers, from all the people of the tribes of Israel, and anointed "king," just as we too have been separated from Israel, from the nations, and set aside as God's people to be kings and priests for God to the people, in the resurrection, and in His Kingdom. I like the fact that living together in unity is both good and pleasant because there are some things are either one or the other, but not both. Is that not true? But even though Christian unity is a gift from God, we still need to live it out in our lives. A Pilgrim Song of David How wonderful, how beautiful, when brothers and sisters get along! 1. garment, clothing - מד (BDB 551) 2. measure - מדד (BDB 551)\ 133:3 How … What I just read to you is a recap of the first three. He knew by experience the bitterness occasioned by divisions in families, and was well prepared to celebrate in choicest Psalmody the … We may say "yech" to have this oil all over us, all the way down to our garment, but not this oil. There is good reason why David chose Hermon to be the place from which the water descended down into Zion. Paul says we have to transform and renew our way of life. Dew is refreshing, and Christian fellowship should also be refreshing. Sermon on Psalm 119:33-40 – This sermon outline by Kevin Cauley shows us how to delight in God’s Word from the psalmist in Psalm 119:33-40.. Who else has gone through the veil and made it rent in two, to open up our own unity with the Father? It was written by Joan Stott. He exaggerates one place, and he is going to exaggerate the other. It works everywhere you sign in, even with the mobile app! Abhor what is evil. That is what unity is. This is a definition of a Christian. How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! I sure do, especially after figuring all this out this week and last week in doing this sermon. 3 It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. Why is he ultra-exaggerating in verse 2? This week we look at Christians dwelling with each other. even together. This figure we have in Psalm 133 of the high priest is a central figure in our unity with God, and that figure of course is Christ. And because it’s good, that tells us it is a gift from God. When you invite someone into your home today, you offer them a nice, refreshing drink. The word translated “precious” here is the exact same word that was translated “good” back in verse one. Layers of Hope. Here that place is pictured as Mount Zion, which we’ve seen is a symbol for the place where God meets with his people. and Johnny Hart, The Psalms of Ascent – Stepping Stones to God’s Heart, A Theology of Google, Facebook, Amazon and Twitter, “The ordinary so extraordinary” by Madeleine L’Engle. The dew descends upon the mountains of Zion. Sometimes we disagree. Over and over again, God, speaking to us through Scripture, calls us out of our separateness into community: Psalm 133:1, "Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brothers [and sisters] to dwell together in unity" (KJV). that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. I find it very interesting that there has been a debate for years and years about how far the oil goes. Renew our way of looking at other portions of Scripture, we don ’ t wait in.! 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