#8 “Eye of the Majestic Creature” by Leslie Stein

           An interesting book but not very valuable as far as having a moral message. It was an entertaining book with humor, drugs and creativity sprinkled with a hint of a hippie lifestyle. I initially picked up the book because of the creativity (Leslie’s best friend is a walking and talking guitar). And that’s the originality of the book, having a talking guitar as a friend/roommate.

        I’ve been studying the first Psalm in the Bible and in my study I have found some interesting things about King David, worship and the book of Psalms. David was a man who restored worship in Israel you can see this in 1 Chronicles 25. Verse 1 states, “David, together with the commanders of the army, set apart some of the sons of Asaph, Heman and Jeduthun for the ministry of prophesying, accompanied by harps, lyres and cymbals…”  the chapter states later on that “All these men were under the supervision of their father for the music of the temple of the Lord, with cymbals, lyres and harps, for the ministry at the house of God. Asaph, Jeduthun and Heman were under the supervision of the king.Along with their relatives—all of them trained and skilled in music for the Lord—they numbered 288.”

         According to Wikipedia the “Lyre from various times and places are regarded by some organologists (specialists in the history of musical instruments) as a branch of the zither family, a general category that includes not only zithers, but many different stringed instruments, such as lutes, guitars, kantele, and psalteries.” Sadly in this story the lyre (guitar) did not participate in the worship of God but in the desire of the flesh.

       The first book of Samuel narrates that David played the lyre and the lyre was powerful spiritually, “And whenever the harmful spirit from God was upon Saul, David took the lyre and played it with his hand. So Saul was refreshed and was well, and the harmful spirit departed from him” (1 Samuel 16:23). As a man who plays the guitar I pray that I may use it wisely.

Psalm 32

Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous;
    it is fitting for the upright to praise him.
Praise the Lord with the harp;
    make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.
Sing to him a new song;
    play skillfully, and shout for joy.

Lord,

I pray that we may worship you in Spirit and in Truth. Amen.

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