Devotional, Old Testament, Psalms

What is Good and Pleasant? (Psalm 133, A Song of Ascents of David, Devotional)

Psalm 133 A Song of Ascents of David

Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!
2 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!
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.

In Psalm 27, David’s prayer was that he may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of his life and to gaze on the beauty of the Lord.  Ever wonder what beauty of the Lord David longs to see in the House of God?  Perhaps Psalm 133 may give us some insight.  He said “Behold”, that is to take notice, what follows is important and deserves our attention – “How good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!”  This was one of the two last Songs of Ascent that the pilgrims would sing as they reached their destination, finally approached the peak of the Temple Mount, and entered the temple of the LORD. What was well worthy of admiration and to take notice was not how high one had climbed, nor how much one had accomplished.  What was considered good and pleasant was when every individual, rich or poor, strong or weak, came to the House of the Lord after a long journey, and they lived in unity.   

It is good and pleasant because when God’s people live in unity, it reflects His beauty and glory.  

It is good and pleasant because unity among God’s people also makes life thriving and healthy, just like the rich dew that covers Mount Hermon, making it green and moist.  

It is good and pleasant because the blessing of unity richly extends out and beyond, as it is so abundant that it’s like oil poured out so richly that it flows from the head to the beard, and then down to the very edge of Aaron’s garments.  

We have all experienced the blessing of unity!  And we also know that unity does not come naturally, and at times it will be tested.  But it is something we need to fight for and worth fighting for. 

Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers (and sister) dwell in unity!

Dear Lord, thank you for giving us Your family. In Your family, we find love and support, and we know that when we love one another and live in unity, we reflect your beauty and glory. Lord, bless Your church. Help Your church to stand united and be the light that shines ever so brightly for you.

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