Psalm 133: How Sweet It Is…

… When brothers dwell in unity. This is the way that Psalm 133 begins, a short reminder of the beauty of our unity in Christ. it is reminiscent of Jesus’ prayer in John 17:

“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 tthat they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.

So, in it’s entirety, here is Psalm 133:

1 Behold, how good and pleasant it is
when ebrothers dwell in unity!
2 It is like the precious foil 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.

Just three short verses, but they are full of imagery that would be instantly recognizable to the Jewish reader. This is refreshment language, and we should see it that way. When we live in unity as God intended, it is refreshing, not only to us, but to those around us who don’t know Christ. We have been freed to live in a way that the world doesn’t understand, free from malice and greed, free from selfishness and betrayal. Christ has united us in Himself so that we might be His body the church, the visible representation of His holiness and joy. Let us take these words to heart and live in the refreshment of unity to which God has called us.

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