It was a time of celebration of our unity as a nation. B. A Song of degrees of David. These two things are always necessarily connected: the higher, the nearer; the more fellowship with God, the more communion with the children of God. These “songs” were most likely sung by pilgrims as they made their way to Jerusalem to celebrate a number of annual religious festivals, including Passover, the Feast of Weeks, and the Feast of Tabernacles. Psalm 133 Bible Commentary. Behold! But his greatest heartache must have been the toxic relationships among his sons. I. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? At any rate, the beauty of the spectacle must be universally acknowledged. xxii., p. 268. Bible Commentary Early Church Fathers Medieval Patristic. Psalm 133:3. The more we know in our own personal experience of that Divine unction, the more shall we be united to each other; and the higher we rise in fellowship with our Head, the more close and real will be the bond of brotherhood. “The dew of Hermon”: Mt. The unity of the Gospel is primarily a unity of the Spirit, and it is to such unity as this that the text calls our attention. 133:0 This is Psalm 133 (Vul 132) in the whole book, the 33 nd in the third part, the 14 th of the Gradual Psalms, the 4 th of those the concern keeping people good. It is the unction of the Holy Spirit, which, resting first upon the great Head of the Church, descends even to the very skirts of His garments, makes all one by sanctifying all. Psalm 133:1-3. xiv., p. 281. It may be significant that those three are among the 15 Songs of Ascents, but I have not been able to determine the significance. Pulsford, Ibid., vol. 2. II. White, Contemporary Pulpit, vol. Psalm 133:3 "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." Hermon, a 9200-foot peak at the extreme northern portion of Palestine, provided the major water supply for the Jordan River by its melting snow. The previous Psalm, which sings o f the covenant, had also reveal ed the centre of Israel's unity in the Lord's anointed and the promises made to him. Heard, Christian World Pulpit, vol. "Sermon Bible Commentary". As the dew of Hermon — It is no less grateful than the dew is which falls upon that great and goodly hill of Hermon, thereby both refreshing and rendering it fruitful. His brothers did not treat him kindly when he went to bring them food while they were at the battle front (1 Samuel 17:28). Unity, to be real, must begin within. Cox, The Pilgrim Psalms, p. 286. Like the precious ointment upon the head, that descendeth upon the beard, the beard of Aaron, which descendeth upon the skirt of his garments. We are e … Psalms 133 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this 12 volume, chapter by chapter commentary of 4,800 sermon outlines and 24,000 homiletic references We cannot say too much, it were well if enough could be said, to persuade people to … This psalm is all about the preciousness of family unity. (1) Might we not promote unity by an occasional interchange of friendly services? All unity is a delusion unless it is in some sense a representation, however feeble, of the unity which binds Christ to His Father, and Christ's followers to Himself, that blessed unity for which He prayed on the eve of His agony. Psalm 117, with two verses, is the only shorter psalm. We have a cause of joy which even the Psalmist could not anticipate. We just celebrated the 240 th anniversary of the United States. (3) Above everything else, we should contribute towards Christian unity by recognising and keeping ever in view the true basis of unity. Thus, as by the former similitude he illustrated the pleasantness, he here points out the profitableness of unity, the blessed fruit which it produces. Psalms 134:1.—J. (2) We cannot expect each other to think lightly of our differences. Go to, To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient. xvii., p. 273, and Old Testament Outlines, p. 151. The excellency of brotherly love. 1. Psalms 134:2.—H. As the dew of Hermon — It is no less grateful than the dew is which falls upon that great and goodly hill of Hermon, thereby both refreshing and rendering it fruitful. Consider what we may not expect even for the sake of attaining so good a thing as Christian unity.