2 Praise [yadah] the LORD [Yahovah] with harp [kinnowr]: sing [zamar] unto him with the psaltery [nebel] and an instrument of ten strings [`asowr]. KJV-Interlinear
2 Give thanks to the Lord
with the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of ten strings! ESV
The previous psalm demonstrated the need for, and the method of, completing ones spiritual life. This psalm is an extension of that psalm, in that, when you advance in your spiritual life, you achieve a happiness that is not otherwise available to you by any other means, in life.
And here we have two instruments that describe the results of ones spiritual advancement.
The harp or lyre, is a general term for a stringed instrument. It symbolizes the music that is the response to an emotional appreciation, that otherwise cannot be expressed in words. The spiritual life is constructed with the words from God, but our appreciation is beyond words that we cannot express.
Our music is that of the heart, from deep within. Something that we can feel, but really lack the understanding to express in other than music, the music of the soul.
The ten-stringed instrument emphasizes the number of strings. Ten is typically used in the scriptures to describe a perfect thing. In our expressions, we say that he or she is a ten, or that something is rated on a scale from one to ten. The ten being the equivalent of perfection, beyond which there is no further perfection.
This is not numerology, which is a false science or theory, but merely the expression using numbers, to symbolize a perfect thing. The consistent use of numbers in their various forms, only add to the divine design that God instituted long ago.
So it is the expression of a perfect union of doctrine resulting in music in the soul. This is the objective of happiness and completeness for which we should all strive.
And the only way to achieve this is to abide by Gods mandates, from which the Bible is saturated with instructions. We have only to learn them, but more than that, we need to pursue them.
Human life plus positive volition plus Bible doctrine, utilized and applied consistently by means of Gods design in the divine process, results in the perfect life.
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