Psalm 133 Commentary

Psalm 133 Commentary

When brothers united in order to sin at Babel, the LORD commanded a curse, and men were scattered. Simeon and Levi were a perfect combination of violence and sin – the LORD scattered them in Israel. You fear for the world that is physically uniting in rebellion against the commandments of the LORD!

The term ‘unity’ should be the key to unlocking the blessing of the LORD mentioned in this psalm. But it isn’t. We have just seen the results of ‘unity’ for rebellion. We have essential pointers to the key in the descriptions or comparisons.

The mention of the oil of consecration on Aaron’s head is about separation. You can picture a band of brothers that are separated from the world of sin. They live in this world but are not of this world. They have one core objective for living: honoring the Creator God. You can think of the priestly function of Aaron.

Dew on the hills of Zion may refer to the fruitfulness of God’s word on the community of God’s children. The band of godly brothers is glued together by the word of the LORD.

The blessing of the LORD on this community is interesting. Numbers are important for commerce but an improved economy isn’t the reward for godly togetherness. Answered prayer, perhaps. But the real blessing is a life that never ends.

It’s probably not about the brothers or unity. It is about the purpose for which the brothers meet. When they meet in the name of the LORD, the LORD’s presence is there. And that means life. You get the impression of a continuous presence rather than a brief appearance.

Everything in this psalm should be easy to read. It is probably the chewing that is problematic. Regardless, brotherly togetherness in the name of the LORD appears to be the main point. Immortality is an unexpected result that definitely blows the importance of this psalm beyond the known human benefits of unity.

Fine clothing, a comfortable car, or a high-end phone. These may be described as good things by the world. Ponder the good things of the Bible! Brotherly togetherness in the name of the LORD Jesus Christ is described as wonderful and pleasant.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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