“It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments.” –Psalm 133: 2 (KJV)
Psalm 133: 2, King David begins by exploring the significance of oil. In the ancient Middle East, it was common to anoint one’s head with oil, sometimes as a greeting entering a home. This was done to refresh the one receiving the oil and to give a good smell from the fragrance that came from the perfumed oils. Among God’s people, unity refreshes and makes a pleasant atmosphere for all.
King David continues in the text by providing a picture in words that tells us that unity is a rich and abundant blessing (as David describes the oil overflowed the head and came down the beard of Aaron). The text also shows us that unity is a rare and precious blessing because the suggestion is that this was holy anointing oil, which was not to be imitated. The oil upon the priest’s head was good as an instrument of refreshing and greeting. Yet for Aaron (as the high priest), it also was part of his consecration for priestly service which led to so many other good things (ex., service unto God’s people, atonement of sins, offerings of peace, fellowship, and thanksgiving).
King David used a second word picture to show how wonderful unity is among the people of God. It is also like the rich dew that covers Mount Hermon, making it green and moist. It is an almost complete contrast to the dry wilderness found in other parts of Israel. Unity among God’s people makes life thriving and healthy. This blessing comes from Jerusalem, which King David established as the center for Israel’s worship. There at Jerusalem would their unity be displayed and enjoyed.
Brothers, as our Founders Day approaches us, let us collectively pray and ask our Lord to give us unity, as described here in this devotion, that refreshes the thirsty ground and quickens vegetation in our work here in Tampa, Florida as well as all of Alphadom. Let us pray on fraternal accord, falling gently on our spirits, which will enable us to reclaim brothers by its mysterious chain of transmitted good. Finally, let us pray that the unity we have with one another will help revive failing strength and refresh those parched places in our hearts.
Yours in the Master’s Service,
Brother (Colonel, U.S. Army) Charles D. Mills
Chapter Chaplain, Gamma Zeta Lambda Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.