Creation Station/Art - David and Saul
Students will watch an authentic harp being played and make a replica of David’s harp while learning one of the Psalms that David wrote and sung.
Memory Verse: “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation.” (Psalm 18:2 , NIV)
- Videos of harp music and Psalm 18
- Computer and TV monitor
- Wooden coat hangers
- Fishing line (30 pound or greater)
- Eye hooks
- Wooden craft balls
- Paint brushes
- Psalm 18:1-3, 28-31 written out on dry erase board
- Wood stain
- Paint shirts for each student
Materials Needed for this weeks lesson:
- Wooden Clothes hangers: They may be purchase these at a dollar store. Kroger or Walmart. Remember to take the hook off them.
- Small eye let's (Picture below) These work as the tuners for the harps. After the holes are drilled and the wooden Balls are tied you run the line through the hanger and tie it at the Eye hook.
3. Nylon fishing line (30 pound or greater will be used as strings.
- "Stain" the harps in the natural wood. This also looks great.
- Small paint brushes.
- Small washers if you are not using the wooden balls. Wooden balls can be purchased at most craft stores.
Pre drill the wooden hangers and place the I hooks at the top. You will drill 3 holes at the bottom. The wire strings are pulled through a small washer so the string will hold then the strings are tied around the I hocks at the top. The children will stain the pre-stringed harps. The teacher should make a harp before class to show the students before they start staining them.) Get stain that is water/soap clean up, place down papers on a table and let them use the small brushes for staining. The wire for the harps can be purchased at a craft store along with the wood stain.
The Bible Lesson
Ask: How many of you like to listen to music? How many of you wish you had the ability to play a guitar, fiddle, drums or keyboard like a famous country singer or rock band? Today, we’re going to take a look at how playing an instrument played an important role in the life of David, the great hero of the Bible.
The harp, also called a lyre or kinnor, was a very popular instrument during the times of the Bible. It was played by Israelite musicians in worship at the Temple in Jerusalem, and more famously, it was played by King David, both when he was a boy in the palace of King Saul and when he was an adult. We can imagine David playing the lyre/kinnor as he composed the lyrics to many of the songs in the book of Psalms that were written by him.
1 Samuel 16:15-23 tells how David was brought into the palace and household of King Saul to play his lyre/kinnor for the king.
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 lyre. He will play when the evil spirit from God comes on you, and you will feel better.”
17 So Saul said to his attendants, “Find someone who plays well and bring him to me.”
18 One of the servants answered, “I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the lyre. He is a brave man and a warrior. He speaks well and is a fine-looking man. And the Lord is with him.”
19 Then Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me your son David, who is with the sheep.” 20 So Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a skin of wine and a young goat and sent them with his son David to Saul.
21 David came to Saul and entered his service. Saul liked him very much, and David became one of his armor-bearers. 22 Then Saul sent word to Jesse, saying, “Allow David to remain in my service, for I am pleased with him.”
23 Whenever the spirit from God came on Saul, David would take up his lyre and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.
[1 Samuel 16:15-23]
Ask: How do you think it must have felt to be chosen to play for the king? Do you think David was scared to play at the palace, or do you think he was excited? Why?
Say: David's harp, or kinnor, had a significant impact upon the court of King Saul. His music, though undoubtedly entertaining and exhilarating to the senses, possessed a unique quality - it touched the innermost being of the listener - it reached into the very spirit of his audience. David's music possessed healing properties because the Healer (God) was with him. I Samuel 16:23 states that Saul was not only refreshed by David's harp but would also "feel better (made well)."
Ask: How does music make you feel better when you’re feeling grumpy or depressed?
Say: Of course, music doesn’t always make us feel better. 1 Samuel 18:10-12 recounts a time when Saul was feeling very jealous of David, because he thought the crowds like David better, and when David played his lyre/kinnor, King Saul let his anger get the best of him.
10 The next day an evil spirit from God came forcefully on Saul. He was prophesying in his house, while David was playing the lyre, as he usually did. Saul had a spear in his hand
11 and he hurled it, saying to himself, “I’ll pin David to the wall.” But David eluded him twice.
12 Saul was afraid of David, because the Lord was with David but had departed from Saul.
[1 Samuel 18:10-12]
Ask: How do you think David felt being attacked by king like that? Do you think this situation is what prompted David to flee with his friends to the Cave at En Gedi? Why or why not?
Show: Video of man playing harp on TV or Computer
Say: Today we’re going to get a chance to watch a video of someone playing a lyre, which is very similar in sound to the harp/kinnor that David played in the Bible. As you watch the video, try to imagine David playing his kinnor.
The Art Project
Say: Now we get a chance to make our own lyre/harp/kinnor to as a keepsake to help us remember the faith and music that David shared throughout his life.
Let kids stain and/or decorate their harps.
Say: David not only played the harp, but he also composed songs that I’m sure he would sing while playing the harp. These songs are collected in the middle of the Bible in the Old Testament book of Psalms. Let’s take a look at one of David’s songs, Psalm 18 that he wrote after God saved him from King Saul at the cave of En-Gedi.
Refer students to Psalm 18:1-3, 30-31 that you have written out on the dry erase board. Have students read the Psalm together.
1 I love you, Lord, my strength.
2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
3 I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
and I have been saved from my enemies.
30 As for God, his way is perfect:
The Lord’s word is flawless;
he shields all who take refuge in him.
31 For who is God besides the Lord?
And who is the Rock except our God?
Ask: Why do you think David wrote a Psalm based on his experience of hiding in the cave of En Gedi? What's the main message that David is trying to convey by this psalm?
If there is time: Give kids the opportunity to make up tunes and adlib singing Psalm 18.
Finally: Then play video of Psalm 18 being sung. [Make sure you leave enough class time for this music video.]
Close with prayer, thanking God for the songs that David wrote which still help us worship God.
A Lesson written by Rev. Ron Shifley of Immanuel Evangelical Church, Needville, TX
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