“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!
It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe.
It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore” (NIV).
Say what? Last time I checked, getting an oil bath sounds nasty. And who is Hermon?
First of all, this type of psalm is a unique one called “a song of ascents.” The Israelites would sings these songs as they traveled to the temple, because Jerusalem was on a hill. Each song would remind them of a lesson or about God’s character as they ascended to worship him.
As for the oil bath, this picture is the image when the high priests would be anointed. This oil was scented and was the equivalent to a hot shower today–refreshing and invigorating.
The dew falling from Hermon to Mt. Zion can be explained by looking at a map of Israel. Mt. Hermon is the tallest peak in the region of Palestine. It is at the northern tip of Israel and has snow on its peak. Mt. Zion is where Jerusalem is located and is roughly 100 miles south of Mt. Hermon.
The thought of fresh, snow-melted dew descending onto a dry land sounded heavenly. It’s similar to how delightful going for a cool swim would be after a long hot day.
When God’s people (whether Methodist, Lutheran, Baptist, etc.) work together in unity, it’s always refreshing and invigorating, and according to the psalm, God will bless them.
Copyright 2012 by Molly Anderson. Use by permission only.