The blessings of peace and concord are commended. May
they be sought and enjoyed by us!
1-3. "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for
brethren to dwell together in unity! 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; 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 forevermore."
Countless blessings gladden and enrich the pilgrims whose
feet happily climb the hill of life. True joy is the companion of a close
walk with God. These pilgrims are dressed in a lovely robe. Their garment is
love of the brethren in the faith. This is the evidence of real union with
Christ. This grace was the admiration of the heathen of old. It was the
well-known testimony, See how these Christians love one another. This
precious hymn exhibits this union as good, and pleasant, and fragrant, and
fertilizing. It is good, as it is in accordance with the character of our
Heavenly Father, of whom it is sublimely said, God is love. It is good, as
those who exhibit it show the lineaments and features of the first-born
among many brethren. It is pleasant. What can be more charming than to see
the smile of love, to listen to the words of love, and to feel assurance
that we are encircled by those whose hearts are knit with ours! It is
fragrant, for it sheds around the perfume of true happiness. Ointment poured
forth cannot refresh the home more than the constant sweetness of harmonious
feeling. It is fertilizing as leading to the growth of grace, and as uniting
hearts in every holy word and work. Thus it is figured by the holy oil
which, poured upon the head of Aaron, ran in fragrant streams to the lowest
portion of the priestly robes. It is fruitful as the dew which moistened the
summits of Hermon and softened the heights of Zion's range. Let us seek this
grace, so blessed in itself, so blessed to all with whom there is communion.
But this unity implies not tolerance of error. Two cannot walk together
except they are agreed. Light can have no fellowship with darkness. Those
who thus walk together must first have met in Christ. Oneness with Him is
the only true bond of union.