As I drove home after our study in 2 Samuel I mused on the phrase
A FAMILIARIZED SONG 2 Samuel 1:18
Also David bade them teach the children of Judah
the use of the bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jasher
To get the fit of this longing of David, we wonder was David
wanting warriors to be trained in the “use of,” “the bow.”
Exhorting all Israelites to learn a song was not unusual,
Moses exhorted Israel to learn a song he had composed
Now therefore write you this song, and teach it the children of Israel:
put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for me
Moses wrote this song the same day, and taught it to the children of Israel.
And he gave Joshua a charge, and said, Be strong and of a good courage:
for you will bring the children of Israel into the promised land and I will be
The use of the bow may mean to write Psalms that have an aim
In an article titled the art of musical writing
The suggestion is presented that we need to make our sentences musical,
We need to have them in right rhythm. To keep the sentences in balance.
David was musical in his compositions.
His aim was to shoot at soothing music
But to gain this aim with the bow, the strings need to be stretched tight.
There has to be strained tension.
The elongated protraction of our inner strands.
David expresses this in the phrase
“through pressure you have enlarged me”
Will we break. Will we crumble.
The rhythms of God’s stretching the bow
of our lives are what tunes are aim for His glory.
Through His tuning God’s Spirit writes through us
As we lean on Christ in the mysteries of Godliness