“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.”
1 Samuel 17:23
Did you know that before David had defeated Goliath, he was already serving in the palace as Saul’s armour bearer. In fact, even before serving in the palace, David was anointed to be King of Israel by Samuel. After David was anointed to be King, the Spirit of the Lord came strongly (powerfully) upon him. David was a blessed man. One of his many gifts was his ability to play the harp. Yet when David played the harp, it was more than just music; it was spiritual warfare.
The bible tells us that Saul, after disobeying and rejecting God’s leading, was rejected himself as King of Israel by God. In fact, so much so, that God allowed a spirit of depression and fear to torment Saul. Yet when David played the harp, this spirit would leave Saul and bring him peace. There was a power and anointing in David’s harp playing. The question that remains is can we have that same victory in our worship today? Of course we can. We worship and serve the same God David did. We have the same Spirit living in us. When we worship God, through prayer, through music and through song, and in the power of the Holy Spirit, we can also begin to experience victory over depression, fear, doubt, addiction and so much more. When we worship in the Spirit, we meet God’s tangible presence. And it is there, victory is won. Let us remember that, when we lift God up in praise!