The Harp . . .
While Sharon and I were visiting the Harrari Harp factory in Jerusalem a number of years ago, we learned one of the most interesting stories concerning David and his first harp.
It is held by tradition that Israel’s Psalmist, King David, taught himself to play the harp as he watched the flocks of his father. This was long before he was called to be the King of Israel. The harp he played made no audible sound but was held close to the breast and nestled against the temple and cheek bone. The “sound” resonated in the bones of the musician and, thus, turned his entire body into a sound board.
I was reminded of that story just recently. The Lord impressed me that the instrument was personal, meant only for the private enjoyment and intimate worship of the individual musician. Only the worshiper and God could hear the “new song” that was played on the strings by fingers guided by the issues of the heart.
This intimacy of worship, learned by the shepherd boy David, is what qualified him to be King of Israel and caused God to say, “I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will” (Acts 13:22 KJV)
It was there, in the cold dark of night, when the bear and lion, went about seeking whom, or what, they might devour, that this worshiping shepherd boy learned to draw the strength and courage that would allow him to save the sheep of his charge from the ravaging animals.
It was out of these hours of intimate of worship that David eventually came to the place where he would bring down the giant champion of the Philistine army. It would be done with nothing but a sling, his love of the Ancient of Days, and a stone guided by the God of the whole earth.
The Heart . . .
As this, what to me was a revelation, gently and sweetly settled into my being, I came to ponder a verse of scripture that I had read. This verse is found in the sacred text of the Bible in the book of John. This one verse began to speak volumes to my heart :
Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved . . .; which also leaned on his breast at supper, . . . (John 21:20 KJV).
The Apostle John was so aware of the love of God that he called himself “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” In another version it reads, “the disciple that Jesus dearly loved and highly esteemed.” This young man understood grace and was not ashamed to lean on the breast of his Savior and Lord.
Jesus, the exact image and likeness of the invisible God, the Word, or Sound, of God:
(Now) He is the exact likeness of the unseen God (the visible representation of the invisible); He is the Firstborn of all creation. Colossians 1:15 (AMP) .
This verse in John 21 shows us the disciple with his head leaning on the Harp of God.
As he laid his head upon this holy chest of the Incarnate, he came to hear the very heart beat of God.
That he heard with his natural ear goes without saying, but it can be seen that he heard with his “inner ear,” His spirit heard the pulse of God who is Love. He heard what no one else could hear and worshiped.
It was out of this time of intimate worship that John came to the place where he had no fear of being associated with the Master. He was willing to be at the Cross, commit to caring for Jesus’ mother, endure banishment to Patmos, and come out of a cauldron of boiling oil with worship in his heart.