Background: The book of Psalms was written by at least 7 authors. It expresses a range of human emotions from praise to God in good times, fear of enemies in bad times, guilt, anger and an overriding confidence in God’s goodness, majesty and power.
Psalm 133 is a little Psalm (just 3 verses) that reminds us of the importance of getting along with others (harmonious living).
Ask the children…
What are the benefits of living together harmoni0us living?
“How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony! .” (Psalm 133:1)
We all know what it feels like to be angry at someone and to have a broken relationship. How pleasant to be able to get along with people. How precious is harmony?
“For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil that was poured over Aaron’s head…Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon that falls on the mountains of Zion.” (Psalm 133, 2, 3)
The Psalmist uses two examples of precious things. The anointing oil that was put on the High Priest, Aaron. Oil was a valuable commodity in those times and much more so that anointed the man who would go into the presence of God for the people. Also, in a dry and thirsty land, dew was like a refreshing rain that kept down the dust and quenched the thirst.
Ask your children if there are relationships they have that are not harmonious and need mending? How can they be the first to reach out to restore that relationship? Ask God for wisdom and encourage them to take the first step.
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