Psalm 133: Living Together in Unity

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Sunday - 9:15 AM Sunday School, 10:30 AM Worship Service

by: Denise Robinson

09/22/2020

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Today's psalm is another song for the journey to Jerusalem. Yesterday we learned that just as the Jews of the psalmist's time journeyed to Jerusalem (Zion) we are also making our own pilgrimage to New Jerusalem (also called Zion). There's even a hymn you may have heard called, "We're Marching to Zion." So, let's continue to sing....


How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down upon the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down over the collar of his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion. For there the Lord ordained his blessing, life forevermore.  (Ps. 133)

We could use some unity right now and in the days ahead. What words would you use to describe your desire for unity? The psalmist gives us two, neither of which may be very helpful for us today. In the first, he discusses precious oil running down the beard of Aaron (the high priest who would have had a very long beard) and running down over the collar of his robes. What is the point? Precious oil was an expensive commodity. It's not like it could be ordered off Amazon or obtained from the shelf at Wal-Mart. In anointing, this tiny bit of oil was poured on the head; so, for it to run down a beard and run over a collar, an abundance of it had been used. This is how precious unity is to be considered: it is in short supply, but it is treasured - and it is a wonderful thing when it is visible and in abundance!


For our ending today instead of a prayer, here's the link to that great hymn by Isaac Watts, "We're Marching to Zion." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Wnk83tuFSA
Today's psalm is another song for the journey to Jerusalem. Yesterday we learned that just as the Jews of the psalmist's time journeyed to Jerusalem (Zion) we are also making our own pilgrimage to New Jerusalem (also called Zion). There's even a hymn you may have heard called, "We're Marching to Zion." So, let's continue to sing....


How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down upon the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down over the collar of his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion. For there the Lord ordained his blessing, life forevermore.  (Ps. 133)

We could use some unity right now and in the days ahead. What words would you use to describe your desire for unity? The psalmist gives us two, neither of which may be very helpful for us today. In the first, he discusses precious oil running down the beard of Aaron (the high priest who would have had a very long beard) and running down over the collar of his robes. What is the point? Precious oil was an expensive commodity. It's not like it could be ordered off Amazon or obtained from the shelf at Wal-Mart. In anointing, this tiny bit of oil was poured on the head; so, for it to run down a beard and run over a collar, an abundance of it had been used. This is how precious unity is to be considered: it is in short supply, but it is treasured - and it is a wonderful thing when it is visible and in abundance!


For our ending today instead of a prayer, here's the link to that great hymn by Isaac Watts, "We're Marching to Zion." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Wnk83tuFSA
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