The mystery of David’s harp is very interesting. This harp had five strings and was said to play by itself in response to the prayers and praises that David offered each day. In addition using both hands or all ten fingers David would strum the harp creating melodies and harmonies that at first would soothe King Saul’s tormented soul and then later on would be the accompaniment for the Psalms which he composed.
Every Psalm therefore has a musical counterpart of which there are prescribed way of singing using the cantillation marks however, even these cantillation marks (notes) did not capture the essence of the original melodies that must have gone along with each Psalm. These Psalms awakened the holiness of heaven and provided a connection from above to below.
In this time we may also receive this holy connection from the Psalms saying a number of them each day or week or month as they define a mystical series of pathways that link us with the above.
It is along these pathways that our prayers may find their way with the help of the Shekhinta which may be thought of in this context as the universal harmony that associates the perfect Psalm with the perfect prayer.
This is a unique way of thinking about praying with the Psalms however, it follows a long tradition of song and prayer which dating from David’s Psalms have provided the way to reach up to levels of holiness that would have otherwise been inaccessible to us. The series of Psalms begins with the perfect prayer.
Psalm 1:1) Happy is the man that hath not walked in the counsel of the wicked, nor stood in the way of sinners, nor sat in the seat of the scornful.,
Prayers revolve around the holiness contained within them. this is why we keep our own counsel and follow the counsel of heaven above and not of those that would pull us down.
2) But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in His law doth he meditate day and night.
The LAW of the LORD is the coded expression of the ‘way things work.’ What this means is that our thoughts and actions have consequences and we must be mindful of them. When we follow this LAW then truly it becomes our delight producing those fruit that are delightful to experience.
3) And he shall be like a tree planted by streams of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, and whose leaf doth not wither; and in whatsoever he does he shall prosper.
When you adhere to the LAW everything good occurs to your because you are by definition surrounded by good. Surrounded by this good we will then hear the harp play by itself reflecting the divine harmony that resonates within.