1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
For brethren to dwell together in unity!
2 It is like the precious oil upon the head,
Running down on the beard,
The beard of Aaron,
Running down on the edge of his garments.
3 It is like the dew of Hermon,
Descending upon the mountains of Zion;
For there the LORD commanded the blessing—
In this first psalm, a song of Ascents written by David, the virtue of unity is expounded. He uses descriptive words like good, pleasant, and precious. He then compares the unity to the oil of anointing that ran down Aaron’s head onto his beard and then his garments. It is a visual that has a today-type application as well. Whereas Aaron was anointed to do priestly work in the temple, we are anointed to do the work of the ministry in all the world. Therefore, we need unity to operate in the anointing. When believers join forces in prayer and in ministry, doors will open and the anointing will flow!
1 Behold, bless the LORD,
All you servants of the LORD,
Who by night stand in the house of the LORD!
2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary,
And bless the LORD.
3 The LORD who made heaven and earth
Bless you from Zion!
This second song of Ascents, by an unnamed psalmist, concentrates on the need for worship by the people of God at all times. He calls all servants of the Lord to bless the Lord. He talks about the night watches in the house of the Lord, and the value of praising God around the clock. Although it would not be possible for every individual to praise God perpetually, it is reasonable to praise Him on an ongoing basis during our waking hours and realize that praise goes on around the clock around the world. Let us join in the litany of praise in every continent, country, and people. Lift him up at all times!