By: John Reiter

Posted: August 17, 2022

Category: Daily Devotional

How very good and pleasant it is</
    when kindred live together in unity!
It is like the precious oil on the head,
    running down upon the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
    running down over the collar of his robes.
It is like the dew of Hermon,
    which falls on the mountains of Zion.
For there the Lord ordained his blessing,
    life forevermore.

Psalm 133 is one of the shortest psalms in the Bible, and it is in a group called the Songs of Ascent. Which means that this Psalm is one the pilgrims who were on their way to the temple in the city of Jerusalem or who had just arrived would sing together. It is a reminder to the group of travelers of the bonds that unite them, of their faith in God. They would celebrate with this Psalm on their road trip remembering that they were people of the covenant.

The people singing this Psalm are brothers and sisters in the family of God. United by the covenant, they recite that their unity is a blessing. They are a people who traveled together, who ate and lived together during this holy time of pilgrimage and would celebrate in worship when they arrived. Their joy in coming together for worship is clear.

Psalm 133 is a reminder. A reminder of how good it is. A reminder of who we are created to be and how we are to live in community with one another. It is a reminder of our call to seek unity. Today, let us pursue a life of unity with our brothers and sisters and let us encourage each other to give, live, and love deeper and wider than we thought we could.


Holy God, help us recognize how we are created and called to love one another. Strengthen us to celebrate the goodness of Your grace poured out like oil and refreshing like the morning dew. And may we strive to be a community of faith united in its love for one another and our neighbors. Amen.