Ascending the steps of Jerusalem in Prayer…
September 2nd: READING & PRAYING PSALMS 133-142
There are fifteen Psalms of Ascent, 120–134 (119–133 in the Septuagint and the Vulgate). Known as songs of ascent due to the tradition of signing these specific Psalms of peace while in route ascending to Jerusalem, or ascending Mount Zion or ascending the steps of the Temple.
PSALM 133 —A Psalm of Ascent
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
2 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;
3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.
Verse 1 and 2
The Priest was anointed for Life. This is why the oil was poured over his head at such a level that it ran down from his head and saturated his garments. He was drenched in the anointing oil to such an extent that even his sons were covered under his anointing. The anointing was their inheritance.
Aaron was known for his ability to help the brethren resolve disputes. His talents were utilized by Heaven to restore all levels of relationships; friendships, marriages. His ability to bring people back into right alignments, back into a place unity and friendship was legendary.
At his death it was said that there were 80,000 Aarons at his memorial service. A testimony to the number of marriages he helped and the people he impacted with his ministry. He would go to great lengths to reignite love, peace and kindness. He would appeal to the parties in a dispute and motivate them towards reconciliation, with such finesse that they thought it was their own idea to settle the matter and lay down their animosity and anger.
Their were many facets to the priestly robes, but one we need to recall is the of the ephod. The ephod contained the symbols (stones) of all twelve tribes. So when the oil flowed down Aarons’ garments, it covered the ephod in the same anointing oil. As Aaron was anointed, all twelve tribes were partakers in the same anointing, as one unified nation of people.
Mt Hermon: https://images.app.goo.gl/MH2Uh8J7CWipU46k9
Important pieces of information to know: de in Hebrew is ‘tal’. Mt. Hermon stands 9, 232 feet high and resides in the North. Mt Zion is 2, 510 feet high and resides in the South.
An enormous amount of dew falls on Mt Hermon during the better part of the year. When its not raining, their is dew, and the dew nourishes the land, the plants and fruits thrive.
Zion has a drier climate, less rain, less dew. In a year when the dew comes to Mt. Zion, the fruits and plants prosper and grow, as if a supernatural fertilizer has been poured over the land.
The dew of Heaven is as nourishing as the rain. The entire land is refreshed, prospers and grows. The harvest is bountiful. The symbolism of the dew connects us to spiritual blessings, a refreshing, unity, harmony, growth, prosperity, etc.
Lord, we pray for the unity of your people. Send us our Aarons, with words of peace and reconciliation, words of harmony and love. Send us words and visions of peace in our dreams. Show us every place hat we block and frustrate the bonds of peace. Shows us the people that you are waiting for us to reconcile with. Show us the pathway to unity.
Help us to break down the walls of partition that we have created or the ones we did not build but have allowed to remain. Teach us how to remove them. What shall we do? What are the first steps we need to take?
For every nation that is in a dry and barren place, we seek the anointing. We desire unity LORD, We desire peace for your people. Saturate our dry places with the dew of Heaven, like the dew of Mt. Hermon.
We who are in a dry place, for everyone in a dry place, we beseech you LORD for the blessing, for the rain, for the dew.
May the oil from the bread of Aaron, renew us again.