The Harp as a Christian
Symbol represents music, instruments, joy and
worship in praising God.
Ps. 71:22 I will praise you with the harp for your
faithfulness, O my God; I will sing praise to you
with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel.
The harp is also recognized as an attribute of King
David as told in I Chronicles 13:8:
And David and all Israel played before God with all
their might, and with singing, and with harps, and
with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with
cymbals, and with trumpets.
The Easton Bible Dictionary provides the following
definition, meaning and emblem for the Harp
Christian Symbol in the Bible.
(Heb. kinnor), the national instrument of the
Hebrews. It was invented by Jubal (Gen. 4:21). Some
think the word _kinnor_ denotes the whole class of
stringed instruments. It was used as an
accompaniment to songs of cheerfulness as well as of
praise to God (Gen. 31:27; 1 Sam. 16:23; 2 Chr.
20:28; Ps. 33:2; 137:2).
In Solomon's time harps were made of almug-trees (1
Kings 10:11, 12). In 1 Chr. 15:21 mention is made of
"harps on the Sheminith;" Revised Version, "harps
set to the Sheminith;" better perhaps "harps of
The soothing effect of the music of the harp is
referred to 1 Sam. 16:16, 23; 18:10; 19:9. The
church in heaven is represented as celebrating the
triumphs of the Redeemer "harping with their harps"