David in his writing Psalm 133 stated that harmony is pleasant and precious. Unfortunately, we have not always found harmony in the church, where it should dwell and flourish. People disagree and, instead of seeking to discover the core foundational doctrines of the Bible and build upon them in love, divisive tensions rise over unimportant issues.
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, coming down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard, coming down upon the edge of his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon coming down upon the mountains of Zion; for there the Lord commanded the blessing—life forever. Psalm 133:1-3 NASB
David in this writing gives us a brilliant dramatic picture to help us better understand why unity is both pleasant and precious. Here is what David does for us. He takes us back to the time when Moses anointed Aaron to be the High Priest of the Children of Israel. This was a sacred and holy consecration of Aaron unto the LORD to serve Israel. Commanded by God, Moses was instructed to sanctify and set Aaron apart from the common and ordinary in order to receive the anointing and blessings of God to act as mediator between God and man – in an office established by God until Jesus fulfilled it. Moses followed this command:
Then you shall bring Aaron and his sons to the doorway of the tent of meeting and wash them with water. You shall take the garments, and put on Aaron the tunic and the robe of the ephod and the ephod and the breast piece, and gird him with the skillfully woven band of the ephod; and you shall set the turban on his head and put the holy crown on the turban. Then you shall take the oil and pour it on his head and anoint him. Exodus 29:4-7 NASB
The purpose and priority was to take expensive anointing oil and pour it upon Aaron’s head and beard. There was enough of it poured upon his head to saturate Aaron’s hair and long beard in sufficient quantity that it literally dripped down upon border of the beautiful elaborate expensive robe purposely made for the office of the High Priest. This was not just a drop or two of oil. It was an outpouring of oil! How much? I don’t know; but there was enough to fill his hair and beard with more than enough to drip onto the skirts of his garments. It was an oil bath! It was directly commanded by God to Moses and literally fulfilled by Moses. It was expensive, pleasant smelling and precious oil – a symbol of blessing.
David gave this graphic image to illustrate how much God desires unity within the household of faith. Let us seek harmony and avoid divisions over minor doctrinal issues that are not clearly patterned in the Bible.
David weaves into his portrait of words that the oil of blessing is like the dew of Mount Hermon, the tallest mountain in Palestine, located northeast to the Sea of Galilee where the dew of the morning was plentiful even in dry weather and descended upon the mountains of Zion as mist. In the morning the dew on these mountains are as if it rains every morning – flowing down from Mount Hermon.
If we are going to see revival and receive the abundant, promised blessings of God bestowed upon us and others who are thirsty for the presence of a living personal God, we must take some personal actions.
First, we are going to have to develop a healthy spiritual life through daily reading the Bible and praying for our own soul to be bathed in the oil of the Holy Spirit. Then we must pray for the refreshing presence of God to flow down from the mountain of heaven upon His people to renew them also. Further, we must enlarge our daily prayer for a great awakening to sweep across our nation and the nations of the world.
Second, we must seek to discover the will and purpose of God for our life. Nothing changes us more than to understand we were bought with the precious blood of Jesus and that the pleasant and precious oil of the purpose of God will on be placed upon one’s life as we yield in immediate obedience to do the will of God. This is more than having the Holy Spirit within our heart; it is having the Holy Spirit raining the oil of heaven down upon our life anointing us for worship. It is impossible to be in harmony with others when we are seeking our own will and live a religious life not a relational life with God and others. We have to purpose in our heart and soul we will seek and promote unity at all times.
Third, we must prioritize the activities and actions of our daily lives in order of their importance and urgency. We must seek and promote harmony in all we do – in all of our relationships in life – from the time we lift our head from our pillow in the morning until we recline at the end of the day. Every relationship must be cultivated in a spirit of harmony with the will of God as the foundation stone of all we build upon. If we go through life without this priority and motive in life, we will fail to be fruitful in the kingdom of God.
If we take these simple steps, God is willing to pour out His blessings upon His people. He is waiting patiently for His body to come together and learn that we are living stones and He is the Master Builder. There are no two stones alike. We are all unique with different personalities, natural gifts and spiritual gifts – yet we are one body: the body of Christ.
Let us grasp this picture illustrated for our benefit that the blessings of God may flow in our life with harmony.