After the day of affliction, came the day of rejoicing. After the antitypical day of atonement, the day of judgment–Yom Kippur–when the Jews were to afflict their souls and put away sin, came the Feast of Tabernacles, where the joy was present of coming together and dwelling in booths, pointing to that faithful day when, as we are now in the true day of atonement, when the night of this sin-sick world will have passed and the everlasting summer comes, we will have houses, or mansions, prepared for us in Heaven above to dwell together in perfect unity and loveliness. It has been noted that this psalm was sung after the day of atonement had passed:
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”
Though separation may come in this life, the day will come when the feet will no longer have to leave the dwelling of kindred spirits. What is it likened to?
“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…”
Aaron was the high priest consecrated with a sweet oil, a special oil, picturing the work of our High Priest, Jesus. But what a contrast by the humiliation where those that hated Him “plucked off the hair” of His beard, but all this was in preparation to become a faithful High Priest. What else is it like?
“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.”
It was said of Joseph that he would be crowned with blessings above and beneath, the precious things of heaven, and many other things, and “for the dew” (Deut. 33:13); but not before being assaulted and traded by his own flesh and blood and being made to dwell in a cell for years, seemingly forgotten and desolate. Jacob was also blessed with the “dew of heaven” by Isaac, when he defrauded his own flesh and blood for the birthright. As mount Hermon was a lofty mountain in the distance from Sion, where David’s heart was, he could see the thick mists flowing down, as if from Heaven, to the hills around about.
May the Lord keep you and cause His face to shine upon you,