Time of crisis. Three kings, the king of Israel, the king of Edom, and the king of Judah, set out to fight the king of Moab. But they went through the desert and ran out of water.
Jehoshaphat called for a prophet of the Lord, and Elisha was the prophet they found. Elisha, however, called for a harpist.
A harpist! Why would he want a harpist? Music. Music is the vehicle for praising the Lord. And we are told in the Psalms that God inhabits the praises of His people. When we need the Lord, music will draw us closer into His presence.
As the harpist was playing, the hand of the Lord came upon Elisha. Then the prophecy came. They were instructed to dig channels for the water they needed. They were told that they would not see any rain, but that the channels would be filled. They obeyed, and things happened as they had been told.
You see, God honors our obedience. They prepared for the water, even though there was no rain. What they could see indicated there was no need for the water channels. But God said, so they did.
While God is pleased by our praise music, He is more pleased by the music of our obedience. Instantaneous, unquestioning obedience. It's a rare thing. We need to do more of it.
Help us to hear the music of Your words, Your commands. Grant that we may sing in harmony with our obedience. Let us hear the music of the heavens.
In Jesus' most precious name.