Summer in the Psalms, Week Fourteen

Good morning, all!  This will be our next-to-last post for our Summer in the Psalms.  Next week, our regular weekly meeting resumes and we will be starting in Philippians.  Don’t forget, though, to check back here again for our last Psalms post!  Thank you for walking through the Psalms with Ashley, Mary, and me this summer.  It has been a summer of discovery of God’s character and our relation to Him that I have so enjoyed.  I hope you have too.

This week, I was automatically prepared to discuss Psalm 139 with you.  It is one of my favorites, as it is for a lot of people.  However, as I was reading through, I was struck by the beauty of the imagery in Psalm 133!

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.

We will be discussing unity this fall in our study, so I thought it would be nice to take a moment to see how David described the effects of unity among brothers (and sisters!).  The precious oil on the head in verse 2 is talking about the oil used to anoint the priests of Israel, making them holy and consecrated to God’s purpose.  David is describing how when unity is displayed, it is displaying our set-apartness, our consecration to God’s purpose, because without Christ, there cannot be unity amongst sinners!

In verse 3, we read about the dew of Hermon.  Hermon is a high mountain at the northern end of the land.  So high, in fact, it is snow-capped.   There are a couple of things this verse could mean.  It could be talking about the clouds above Hermon dropping their moisture on Jerusalem, or it could be an idiom meaning “a heavy fall of dew”.  Either way, it is referencing moisture that is necessary for the vegetation in Israel during the dry season.  This image is meant to make us think of a land that is fruitful.  This, too, is an effect of unity.  There is growth, harvest, and an abundance of fruit when it is present.

These are beautiful pictures of what unity can look like.  This unity is not a conformity to one man’s opinion or another’s.  It is a unity in the Gospel.  A unity of believers.  Believers who have acknowledged their sinfulness, and have trusted in Jesus’ substitutionary punishment, and are continuing to follow Him.

 

I hope to see many of you next week.  Thanks for hanging out with us this summer.  We will continue to post the teachings from our weekly meetings on this blog for those who cannot attend, so keep checking in with us from time to time!

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