A song of ascents. Of David.
1How good and pleasant it is
when God’s people live together in unity!
2It 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.
3It is as if the dew of Hermon
were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the Lord bestows His blessing,
even life forevermore.
The excellency of brotherly love. - We cannot say too much to persuade people to live together in peace. It is good for us, for our honor and comfort; and brings constant delight to those who live in unity.
The pleasantness of this is likened to the holy anointing oil. This is the fruit of the Spirit, the proof of our union with Christ, and adorns His gospel. It is profitable as well as pleasing; it brings blessings numerous as the drops of dew. It cools the scorching heat of men's passions, as the dews cool the air and refresh the earth. It moistens the heart, and makes it fit to receive the good seed of the word, and to make it fruitful.
See the proof of the excellency of brotherly love: where brothers dwell together in unity, the Lord commands the blessing there. Believers that live in love and peace, shall have the God of love and peace with them now, and they shall shortly be with Him forever, in the world of endless love and peace.
Our Lord says,
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (John 13:34)
May all who love the Lord forbear, forgive and love one another, as God, for Christ's sake, has forgiven us.