Music of the Harp – Solving the Riddles of Life

by | May 21, 2015 | Effects of Music | 0 comments

My friend Margo sent me this link and I was really taken with the view this author presents. We use the text from Psalm 49:5 as our theme text because Shirley tells the story or parable, and I play the harp. Our favorite translation of the text says it this way:

“I will reveal my mysteries with the parable and I will unite heaven and earth with the music of the harp.”

Music Hath Charms

Wed, 05/20/2015 | Rabbi David Wolpe | Special To The Jewish Week

Rabbi David Wolpe

The Psalmist tells us that he will solve a riddle with his harp (Psalm 49:5). What sort of riddle can be solved with a harp?

We are accustomed to thinking of problems as puzzles requiring a single analyzable solution. Can my car fit into this parking space and should I marry this person seem to us in some essential way similar — there is a right and wrong answer, and we need to weigh the factors and arrive at the proper response. The Psalmist is reminding us that some problems are not answered, but dissolved or transcended.

When we feel sad or puzzled or hurt, the harp may be the answer. Music has the power to move beyond words. It offers us access to a realm that can be felt better than it can be understood. I could describe a song to you all day long, but a moment’s listening will tell you far more than any description.

King David played a harp (or its ancient equivalent, the lyre) and found in its notes the answers to some of the urgent questions of his life. Sometimes when the music begins, our questioning grows quiet and the air swells with a meaning far beyond words.

Rabbi David Wolpe is spiritual leader of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter: @RabbiWolpe. His latest book, “David: The Divided Heart” (Yale University Press), has recently been published.


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