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INSTRUMENTS TO PRAISE GOD
By Ada Nicholson Brownell
“’Four thousand praised the Lord with the instruments I made,’ said David, ‘to praise, therewith’” (1 Chronicles 23:5 KJ).
I had no idea how one would go about making a musical instrument until my brother, Dr. Joe Nicholson,demonstrated how to make a trumpet. He took 4 ½ feet of tubing, actually garden hose, and a funnel for one end and put a brass mouthpiece in the other.
Then he blew. It sounded almost exactly like the brass instrument as he played a short tune. Then he used 9 feet of hose for a trombone or baritone. The sound deepened. For a tuba it took 18 feet and the notes were way down there.
People have been known to make music with reeds picked along a river. The ancients made sounds with leaves and blew on ram’s horns. Rhythm instruments can be made of most anything, including gourds to shake and jugs to blow. Kids often play tunes on a comb and paper.
David could engage metalsmiths to make brass instruments, and use various talented folks to create stringed instruments out of wood or other materials.But musical instruments go back as far as Genesis and Adam and Eve. We’re told, “And his brother’s name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ” (Genesis 4:21).
I wonder if the word “Jubilant” was penned after him. Jubilant means “showing great joy, satisfaction, or triumph; rejoicing; exultant.”
The next verse names Zillah, one of Adam and Eve’s great-granddaughters. She bare Tubalcain, an instructor of every artificer in brass and iron. Maybe he made trumpets as well as tools.
Quite a lot of difference between what the Bible says and what my college textbook claimed about the beginning of music. “A monkey came down out of tree and made an instrument,” the book said, and I laughed.
Music is used in worship to the only true God who created the heavens and the earth. When David was chosen to take his rightful place as God’s anointed king, David not only went after the ark but worked diligently to re-establish true worship. That included joyful music and singing.
But before they could properly play, sing, and combine their voices they needed to be organized. The Levites dusted off their talents and divided into groups according to their ministries because during Saul’s reign they had brought in idols and neglected worshiping God.
David wrote, “Praise him with the sound of the trumpet; praise him with the psaltery and harp, praise him with timbrel and dance; praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord” (Psalm 150:3-6).
So they praised the Lord all the way as they carried the Ark home.
PRAYER: Lord, I praise you for breath, for music, and for who you are, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, my Savior, and my soon Coming King.
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Thanks, Gail for inviting me to be your guest! Thanksgiving is a great day to praise the Lord with our musical talents. When my siblings and I got together we usually got around to singing and making music–always songs about the Lord. The older ones used to play and sing on our front porch at night. Our neighbors loved it, because they knew how to sing and play. A few taught music. Even when we went to Yellowstone for our reunion, they took along instruments and on Sunday we had church.l Other campers joined us, Some of them wept.
What a great memory, Ada. Takes me back to Andy Griffith and some of that wonderful Appalachian music!