Expositor's Dictionary of Texts
A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!Psalms 133
The American Greely Expedition went into their winter house in 1881, amid the eternal ice and snow of the Arctic Circle, with a night before them of four months and a half. They arranged their reckoning of time so as to keep their Sabbath, and have a religious service, including the reading of the Psalms. The first Sabbath contained Psalm CXXXIII., and the Commander brought before the men the duty of brotherly feeling, and his hope that every one would endeavour to cherish a friendly spirit, and endeavour to reconcile those who might drift into any unpleasant controversy. The result may be found in the fact to which he bears witness, that though 'for months without drinking water, destitute of warmth, with sleeping-bags frozen to the ground, with walls, roof, and floor covered with frost and ice, deprived of sufficient light, heat, or food, they were never without courage, faith, and hope'.
References.—CXXXIII. 1.—J. W. Bardsley, Many Mansions, p. 326. H. M. Butler, Harrow School Sermons, p. 288. CXXXIII.—International Critical Commentary, vol. ii. p. 475. CXXXIV.—International Critical Commentary, vol. ii. p. 476. CXXXIV.—Ibid. p. 478. CXXXVI. 17-22.—Spurgeon, Sermons, vol. xxii. No. 1285. CXXXVI.—International Critical Commentary, vol. ii. p. 481.
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;
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.