Study Guide – Psalm 133

Psalm1331 How good and pleasant it is
    when God’s people live together in unity!


Do you believe the words of verse 1 are true? Why or why not?


What would have to happen to make verse 1 a reality in your community?


2 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.
3 It is as if the dew of Hermon
    were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the Lord bestows his blessing,
    even life forevermore. NIV


This psalm was likely sung during the celebration of Israels annual festivals each year (see Exodus 29:7 or Leviticus 8:12 for more context). With this in mind, what metaphorical significance do you think the details of verses 2-3 might have?


What practical things could you do to help your own community to reflect the characteristics of this psalm?


The end of verse 3 adds a remarkable timeframe to the scope of the Lord's blessing. What does this tell you about the already/not-yet aspect of the way God blesses us?


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Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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