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When I think of David so many thoughts race through my head. David & Goliath. David & Bathesheba. But just the other day I was driving to work and a very different story of David came to mind. A younger, purer David, a talented musician.
Today our curtain opens on 1st Samuel chapter 16. King Saul is depressed, anxious, and unable to rest.
“Some of Saul’s servants said to him, “A tormenting spirit from God is troubling you. Let us find a good musician to play the harp whenever the tormenting spirit troubles you. He will play soothing music, and you will soon be well again. “All right,” Saul said. “Find me someone who plays well, and bring him here. One of the servants said to Saul, “One of Jesse’s sons from Bethlehem is a talented harp player. Not only that—he is a brave warrior, a man of war, and has good judgment. He is also a fine-looking young man, and the Lord is with him. And whenever the tormenting spirit from God troubled Saul, David would play the harp. Then Saul would feel better, and the tormenting spirit would go away.” (vs 15-18, 23)
I like to think about what David must have played on his harp. I’m not a historical scholar and I’m not certain what his harp what have looked like, or what the tone and timbre would have been. Did the gift of songwriting come easily to David? Where did his inspiration come from?
It’s clear that David was gifted. But it’s also clear that David was rewarded for his obedience and service. Saul appreciated David so much that he awarded him the position of armor bearer. Even more, turn the page and we see God using David to deliver the Israelites from Goliath.
Maybe you, dear reader, are a musician – or maybe you’re not. Maybe you have a way of cooking & hosting that makes friends as well as strangers feel like family. Maybe you love teaching or easily make friends with young children. Maybe you excel at organization – things or people. Whatever it is, get out there and play your harp! To offer someone solace and comfort, what greater blessing could there be?
Go play your harp.