I remember back in Sunday school, even after that, there was always a fascination with spiritual gifts. For those of you who have done Mizizi, I am sure you remember the Spiritual Gifts inventory, man those were many questions. It was interesting to see how the gifts were ranked, haha, human folly I tell you. Sort of reminds me how some sins are seemingly worse than others yet in God’s eyes SIN is SIN.
A few days ago I was reading the story of David in Saul’s service in 1st Samuel Chapter 16 and something caught my attention:-14 Now the Spirit of the LORD had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him. 15 Saul’s attendants said to him, “See, an evil spirit from God is tormenting you. 16 Let our lord command his servants here to search for someone who can play the harp. He will play when the evil spirit from God comes upon you, and you will feel better.” 23 Whenever the spirit from God came upon Saul, David would take his harp and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him. (Amplified Bible)
A dear friend of mine asked me where the evil spirit was chilling before it was sent :)…No, I am not going to answer that, however, a friend of mine Ernest Wamboye in his book ‘The Human Temple’ wrote an amazing prologue that could shed some light for you if you are also wondering where it was chilling. You can find the prologue here and buy the book here.
The thing that struck me is that David’s gift of playing the Harp caused the evil spirit to leave Saul. It sounds quite nice ay? It may seem like one of those things that sound really nice in the Bible and don’t seem quite applicable in our lives. I think it can be as applicable as we want it to be. Case in point, I have a friend who would sing and people receive healing. Music has power. It is interesting how different songs elicit different emotions and actions. From worship songs to house and trance music to Hiphop and R&B etc.
What is your ‘Harp’? The reality is that we live in a world with people being tormented and need relief; there is a ‘harp’ that we each have so that we can cause relief. “Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Eph 6:12). When we read about all the miracles that Jesus did, we can’t help but stand in Awe of Him. The best part of it is that those who have faith in Him will do the things that He had been doing . It doesn’t end there, they will do even greater things because He has gone to the Father.(John14:12)