We all know when there’s harmony in our homes, businesses, family, communities, teams, churches, etc – it’s a blessing. A lack of harmony impacts everyone. David, the great king of Israel, wrote in Psalm 133:
1 How wonderful and pleasant it is
when brothers live together in harmony!
2 For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil
that was poured over Aaron’s head,
that ran down his beard
and onto the border of his robe.
3 Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon
that falls on the mountains of Zion.
And there theLord has pronounced his blessing,
even life everlasting.
The word in verse 1 for harmony is also translated “unity”. When we are unified, in spite of our differences, around a common cause – it’s wonderful, pleasant and good. For those of us who follow Christ, it should be a priority. Read John 17, Philippians 2:1-18, 1 Corinthians 1:1-17, Galatians 5:13-26.
In Allen Ross’ commentary on this passage he says the oil of verse 2 represents the precious nature of unity that’s focused on the worship of God. When there was unity among the worshippers in Jerusalem (in spite of their differences), that unity impacted the nation of Israel. In other words, the unity/harmony of the leadership impacts the whole.
And David also compared the unity/harmony in verse 1 with the dew that covered the mountains. That dew was heavy and symbolized something refreshing and invigorating. Again, when the leadership was harmonious in worship & purpose of following the one true God, it refreshed and invigorated the entire nation.
How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony! Psalm 133:1
Think about the application of this today!