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 (Psalms 133).
I have been asked what keeps Men for Missions International going. I think it is Psalms 133 being lived out. MFM asks for a life surrendered to Christ: Will you do, go, or give whatever God asks? Men for Missions is fueled by brotherly unity.
The psalmist uses similes in his writing, such as oil, to describe brotherly unity. There are two kinds of oil, the kind that is commonly used for cooking and fuel for lamps. Then, there is the oil used as richness or symbolic of the Holy Spirit. The anointing of the oil on Aaron’s beard is the holy anointing oil of Exodus 30:25 used to consecrate Aaron and his sons.
The anointing is compared to baptism of the true brotherhood of believers—coming from the one true and living God, creator of heaven and earth. Poured on them they were drenched like the woman who broke the bottle of perfume and covered Jesus’ feet with the precious perfume (Luke 7:37-38).
The psalmist makes another comparison “the dew of Hermon.” Mount Hermon is the highest peak in Israel, and the dew flows out to anoint the other mountains, “coming down upon the mountains of Zion.” The imagery used in Psalm 133 could be a parallel passage to Acts 2. He suggests that brotherly unity is a sudden realization of the Lord’s presence and blessing. Proverbs 23:26 Give me your heart, my son, and let your eyes delight in My ways.
Sometimes it takes a cross cultural experience to realize that work done for the Lord, at home or abroad, can be holy. A vocation can be a calling. And there is power in living a Godly life. Going from one culture to another, especially from a western culture to a developing country, can be enlightening to see the Holy Spirit is not bound by cultural, racial, or linguistic barriers. It can be emotional at the most inconvenient time when we try to communicate to others what God did in our heart and our feelings about someone we worked or worshiped with and we couldn’t speak the same language. Add the frustration of trying to communicate what God did in your heart, and then discover Acts 15:9 &11 to be true “And He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith, but we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus in the same way as they also are.”