SUBJ: The value
placed on Christian fellowship and their identity together as the
redeemed of the Lord noting the manner in which our attention is called
AIM: That we
might continue therein and that we might endeavor to cultivate the fact
and expression as we contemplate Christ as the basis for love and unity.
INTR: A matter
of great concern with the Lord was the relationship His followers would
have after His departure and he abundantly directed that it be secured
1. We are certainly familiar with the tone that was set in
His parting discourses with them as He commanded that “Ye love one
another as I have loved you.”
2. As His manner often was, He
countered the tendency to act in a way that might engender conflict.
Particular exhortations were to become as little children and that they
recognize that greatness is attained through becoming the servant of
3. The Spirit of Christ is evident in this Psalm of degrees
wherein David treats of this as a profound topic uses such intensifiers
as “behold” and “how.”
The divine assessment of the blessedness of such unity is founded on the
fact that it is not the normal nature of men to be so given to each
other and it is therefore a reflection of the marvelous work of grace
wrought in us by the Spirit of Christ.
I. BEHOLD! (V. 1)
Wherever the Word of God applies this attention-getter we do well to
1) The word assigns importance to the object and the
mind of the writer – David, but under divine inspiration.
2) The word
likewise causes the object to stand out as indicative of some important
truth and is more than a mere wonder.
2. It is a matter addressed in
the New Testament order as Paul called it out in Corinth. See, 10 Now I
beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all
speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that
ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same
judgment. 11 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by
them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among
you. 1 Corinthians 1:10-11.
3. As previously mentioned our Lord
anticipated the tendency and so would exhort them to practice the agape
love that He exhibited.
1) John did not let this go. Rather, we read,
We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the
brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. 1 John 3:14.
2) He pressed the issue in saying, And this commandment have we from
him, That he who loveth God love his brother also. 1 John 4:21.
whom then is it good and pleasant?
1) It is first good and pleasing
to God in that this is what Christ died and rose again to obtain and
that it reflects the sweet-savor of His Son in us.
2) It is good and
pleasant for us for the same reason; it confirms the success and
application of the redemptive work in us and the experience is one of
5. The prophet wrote of unity in these words: Can two walk
together, except they be agreed? Amos 3:3.
1) Not only do we see such
agreement between us and God,
2) But also, we experience agreement
with each other about God and about His Son and this so great salvation.
Our unity is found in the mutual love of Christ our Lord. BEHOLD!
II. PRECIOUS OINTMENT (v. 2)
1. Anointing was common in the Old
Testament, but that of the High Priest was of great significance. See,
Oil for the light, spices for anointing oil, and for sweet incense,
1) Of note is the spices that would have made this oil to
be aromatic and
2) Spurgeon noted that it would have diffusive power
and so brotherly love spreads to all under its influence with positive
3) It perfumes the work of the Lord’s people as
they go about serving Him!
4) The typical application would be of the
evidence of the empowering of the Holy Spirit.
5) The fact that it
ran down onto Aaron’s beard and his garments spoke of the abundance
provided in the person and work of the Spirit.
6) It is evident that
apart from the “Earnest of our Inheritance” there will be no true unity.
2. The comparison here is to that which the Lord approves and enables
and connects with the Gospel types associated with the priesthood
It would be further indicative of the anticipation of the Heavenly unity
we all anticipate and talk about: Then they that feared the LORD spake
often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book
of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and
that thought upon his name. Malachi 3:16.
III. The Place of
Blessing (v. 3)
1. It seems that the dews that descended from Mt.
Hermon and other high mountains fell with great effect on the City of
2. Zion is pictured as the place of God’s dwelling with His
people and so it to there they are drawn and great joy and worship are
3. Strife and contentions are of human origin while
unity is the result of a work from above.
1) There is no such thing
as contention where the Lord is in view
2) Consider: Every good gift
and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of
lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James
3) The good and pleasant experience of dwelling together in
unity is from above.