Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
2 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;
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.
In this Psalm, two pictures describe the blessings of unity and fellowship. The first picture is of oil dripping down from Aaron’s head and beard. In the hot and dry climate of Palestine, oil on dry and chapped skin is soothing and healing. The oil that was used for anointing had a special fragrance, a secret recipe that was not to be imitated (Exodus 30: 22 – 33). When Mary anointed Jesus’ feet, “the house was filled with fragrance” (John 12: 1 – 3). The blessings of God will permeate our lives and homes like a wonderful fragrance and soothe us when we live together in unity.
The second picture is of the dew falling on Mount Hermon. In the dry land of Palestine, dew that falls at night is refreshing for plants, animals and people. Mount Hermon is nearly ten thousand feet above sea level and has lush green vegetation, even in the dry summer months. By comparison, Jerusalem (Mount Zion) gets practically no rain for 6 months of the year. God’s blessings that fall on us as we live in unity and fellowship with our family will refresh and sustain us, even in the “dry” times of our lives.