In today's study we continue our look at the points Psalm 133 makes about unity.

This short poem is so beautiful in its classic celebration of unity and community that it is almost a pity to analyze it. Some literary treasures die slow deaths by dissection. Still, it is worth looking at a few of the more obvious points the psalm makes about unity. There are four points that are hard to miss. 

We made the point in yesterday's study that many Old Testament prophetic passages were understood to be about the Messiah until the claims of Christians that they had been fulfilled by Jesus caused the rabbis to view them differently. This greater future fulfillment involves three things. Yesterday, we looked at the first item, which is the establishment of God's throne in Jerusalem. Today we look at the other two.

Having appealed to God on the basis of God's covenant with David, it is natural that the next verses of the psalm rehearse the terms of that covenant in abbreviated form. This restatement marks the psalm's second half and is a conscious parallel to David's oath, which began part one. It is why verse 11 uses the word “oath” instead of “covenant” (v. 12). First, we have David's oath and its fulfillment (vv. 2-9). Here we have the oath of God and its fulfillment (vv. 11-18). 

The next section of this psalm (vv. 6-9) recounts how the Ark was found in the fields of Jaar” in David's time and how it was brought to Jerusalem. It is an accurate piece of historical remembrance. Knowing what the Ark was and what had happened to it is helpful at this point.