Worship with the Gitteth – Part 8
by Pastor Bill
In Psalm 150:3, we are exhorted to praise the Lord with trumpet, and with harp and lyre. Many of the Psalms give us the instrument that the Psalm was written to be accompanied with. In Psalm 8, David starts by telling us that it was written to or for the Chief Musician and was to be played on the Gitteth. What is the Gitteth, and how does that apply to us today?
(Psalm 8:1) To the Chief Musician; upon Gitteth, A Psalm of David. O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is Thy name in all the earth! Who hast set Thy glory above the heavens.
The word Gitteth is translated as a harp. Strong’s says that it is a Gittite harp. A Gittite was a person from Gath. The word Gath means winepress. Gath was known for its abundant supply of grapes and wine. Gath was one of the five chief cities of the Philistines: Gaza, Ashdod, Ekron, Ashkelon and Gath. The Philistines were enemies of Israel. Goliath, whom David defeated, was a Philistine from Gath. There were many other giants, who descended from the Anakites, that also lived in Gath. Even though Gath was an enemy of Israel, David and his men took refuge in it from Saul. (See 1 Samuel 27.) While there, he served Achish, the King of Gath.
I believe that it was while David was taking refuge in Gath that he learned to play a particular harp, which was designed and made in Gath, a Gitteth. David realized that there was nothing wrong with an instrument made by the enemies of God. He understood the principle that everything that has been created is to worship or be used to worship the Lord. He understood that we are to worship the Lord with trumpets, harps and lyres, no matter where the instrument originated. These instruments could be used to glorify and worship the Lord. Therefore, David learned to play the Gitteth and wrote and played psalms to worship the Lord.
David may have wondered what good would come out of his time in Gath. He may have wondered what good would come out of Saul’s pursuit of him and his attempt to kill David. We often wonder about the experiences and the wildernesses that we go through. Let us learn from David, that God can use these experiences and the skills we develop during these times to glorify, honor, and exalt Him.
Lord, I pray that we will learn to be true worshipers of You, and that we will use all of our skills, abilities, and talents to praise You. Amen.