I think it was about a year ago that I came across a stunning article that shifted my perspective on Psalm 133. Since then, I have had a growing appreciation for Psalm 133, due to the stories that lie behind it and the portrait of unity that it displays.
Psalm 133:1-3 is three verses, with two pictures, and one point. The two pictures that describe unity are oil and dew. When the stories in the backdrop are brought into focus, we see that these are perfect portraits of unity in image-rich simplicity.
Here are some highlights:
- Behold! The Rarity of Unity
- Picture 1: Two Brothers
- Picture 2: Two Mountains
- Prophetic Application: Jesus, the greater prophet like Moses, our greater brother, descended from a much higher mountain, poured forth His strength for the weak that a new kingdom of priests would come forth. The unity which Jesus prayed for in John 17:11, 21–22 is forged in the fire of forgiveness.
Here are some fun alternate titles for Psalm 133:
- Two brothers, two mountains, and a whole lotta liquid love.
- Why the Lord loves Mountain Dew
If this perks your interest, check out the notes and/or the video below.
Question: What are some pictures that come to your mind when you think of unity? Please leave your answer in the comments below.
- Kathleen Rochester, “The Missing Brother in Psalm 133,” The Expository Times 122 (2011): 380–82. ↩