V 6   The priests took their assigned positions, and so did the Levites who were singing, “His faithful love endures forever!” They accompanied the singing with music from the instruments King David had made for praising the Lord.

Here’s a fine thing – David even organised the manufacture of the instruments they needed for worship!  I wonder if he whittled away on pieces of wood when he was working as a shepherd and produced simple whistles and such like, or strung animal gut over frets to make a basic harp. Music was so part of his being that I can’t imagine him just waiting for someone to give him an instrument! Then remember, this story of worship in the completed Temple is set in the time of King Solomon, years after David had died. The old instruments had been well designed and carefully made to last. That says a lot to me about David’s musical creativity. Only the best craftmanship would do in the service of God.

I think of that little-known Old Testament character Bezalel (remember him? No. )  Even in the time of Moses craftsmanship was seen as a God-given ability. ‘The Lord has filled Bezalel with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts.  He is a master craftsman ….  And the Lord has given both him and Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, the ability to teach their skills to others.  The Lord has given them special skills as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple, and scarlet thread on fine linen cloth, and weavers. They excel as craftsmen and as designers. ‘ (Exodus 35)

You may not be a musician or even a designer of musical instruments but whatever creative gift God has given you set about using it for His glory.

Thursday 24th January Daily Notes from The Hub