Psalm 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! 2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; 3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.
The anointing power of God, the refreshing presence of God, and the commanded blessing of God are described as being the experience of the people of God in this Psalm. We can experience the same today. If we understand the historical background to this Psalm we would come to know that all they experienced was the result of something.
The book of Psalms is actually made up of five books in one. This Psalm 133 is within the section of Psalms 120-134 that are called the Psalms of Ascent, Degrees, or Goings Up. Those psalms were the songs that arose out of their experience from those going up to Jerusalem to worship. Psalm 120 starts with the people of God standing among deceitful, lying, hateful people in the world who hate peace and are all for fighting. Standing in the midst of a perverse generation, and ungodliness, and coming from many places and from many different paths, their common impulse is to go up to the dwelling place of Jehovah in the Holy City. They were moving together toward one common goal and one common purpose and at last they are in the city. They had ascended up and all of a sudden they are experiencing the anointing, refreshing, and blessing of God that comes from their unity or united common impulse and how sweet it is. Their common impulse and striving to get nearer to Jehovah has brought a nearness, a unity with one another.
The blessing they experience is compared to the precious anointing oil poured upon Aaron’s head that flowed down from top to bottom, his whole body was covered with it. It was compared to the refreshing dew that would flow down from the mountains and bring refreshing life to those in the valleys below. Moving together toward one common purpose and one common impulse brings the anointing, refreshing, and blessing for ALL.
Where we come together and when we come together unity is a must if we’re to see manifestations and demonstrations of the power of God. Can you imagine what could happen if an entire congregation of believers would come to church with one common impulse, all their passion, yearning, longing, full of expectation and hungering just to be together in the presence of God? In to worship then out to serve needy humanity.