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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 133

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The Fifth Book of Psalms (c 107-150)
Message: The Joy of Harmonious Relationships (v 1-18)

Psalms 133 Commentary 

(133:1-3) Schisms - David stated that unity is pleasant and precious. Unfortunately, unity is not always valued as highly as it should be, even in the church. People disagree and cause division over unimportant issues. Some delight in causing tension by discrediting others. The church in particular needs unity because (1) it makes the church a positive example to the world and helps draw others to God; (2) it helps us cooperate as a body of believers as God meant us to, giving us a foretaste of heaven; and (3) it renews and revitalizes ministry because there is less tension to sap our energy. Living in unity does not require us to agree on everything; we will have as many opinions as notes in a complicated musical chord. But we must agree on our purpose in life-to work together for God. Our outward expression of unity will reflect our inward unity of purpose. 

(133:2) Anointing Oil - A special and costly anointing oil was used by Moses to anoint Aaron as the first high priest of Israel (Exodus 2917) and to dedicate all the priests to God's service. This oil was extremely fragrant, setting the priests apart for their work in service of God and the people. Brotherly unity among God's people, like anointing oil, gives off a sweet "fragrance" for all those who watch, and it demonstrates that we are set apart to serve God. 

(133:3) Mount Hermon - Mount Hermon is the tallest mountain in Palestine, located northeast of the Sea of Galilee.

Dave Burnette's Life Application


Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Psalms with Chapter 133. In our text today, we see the theme of the joy of harmonious relationships. In making an application, as Christians, we need to be humble and compliant and overlook everyone's differences to attain a common goal. Simply put, we need university (unity in diversity) as the body of Christ, letting the main thing be the main thing, the spreading of the Gospel. How about you? Do you work well with others? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to remember to overlook our differences in the body of Christ to have one main focus or goal of spreading the Gospel through unity in diversity, which is university.


Psalm 133

Psalm 133

 1Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

 2It 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;

 3As 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.