Written By Faith McCray ~ Copy Desk Chief 

Photo of Waterfall in Doswell, Virginia By Faith McCray 

Psalm 133 is a song of ascents, and a Psalm of David. 

1 How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! 2 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. 3 It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.

This Psalm focuses on unity and the joy it brings. It expresses the blessings of Israel’s tribes living together in harmony. 

Before David’s coronation was held in Israel, the tribes were determined to pursue their own interests and beliefs. There were even some who opposed him and all that he believed in. 

However, 1 Chronicles 12:38-40 informs us that they eventually made peace, and that they were finally able to come together and stand as a united kingdom. 

David helps affirm to us that the unity of the people in Israel was good and pleasant. 

Paul says that Christians are one in Christ. He says, “For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, through many, form one body, and each member belongs to all others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If prophesying, the prophesy in accordance with your faith. This is found in Romans 12:4-6.

Later in the New Testament, Philippians 4:2 to be exact, Paul appealed for unity by calling two women, Euodia and Syntyche, to come together and set aside the issues they had and agree with one another. 

Churches do not have to come together as one large unification, where everyone has the same taste and preferences. They should be united within their faith. 

David makes a connection that the goodness associated with unity is associated with the gift of protection. It is also known as a symbol of the Holy Spirit. This is found in Zechariah 4.

In v. 3 David continues to show the joy which comes when brothers and sisters in Christ live in harmony with one another.

Although there was conflict among the tribes, they came together as one, and when they did it was a beautiful sight to see. 

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