We read in 1 Samuel 16:23,
“David would take a harp and play it with his hand. Then Saul would become refreshed and well, and the distressing spirit would depart from him.”
James Hoover and his wife were pioneer missionaries to Borneo.
As a newly married couple, they left with a small organ, and courageous hearts, sailing for Borneo. It was then still a large part the home of a savage people. When he died thirty years later, Borneo was a great commonwealth, and the flag flew at half staff for a missionary.
The first night he and his wife were on the island was spent in a little hut.
Suddenly they were startled to see that they were surrounded by a great crowd of fierce-looking natives. There they were, alone in the jungle, a young white man and his wife, and all about them a horde of savages.
They pressed closer, peering in the door. They talked among themselves in an unintelligible language. The situation was dangerous for the Hoovers.
However, they had already discovered the secret of the peace of God.
Mrs. Hoover then sat down at her little organ, and began to sing and play the old hymns of the church. They sounded strange, yet sweet, in such a far-off jungle.
As she played, an interesting thing happened. These warriors went to sleep, one by one, on their feet, which was a strange custom, she later learned. As slumber overcame them, they dropped like logs to the ground. This continued until all lay sleeping, strewn on the ground around the hut.
With a deep thankfulness for their deliverance, the young couple praised God.
This remarkable experience was repeated for ten straight nights, but, as a result, a friendly contact was made with the natives, opening their hearts to the love of Christ.
“Come, let us sing a Psalm, and drive away the devil!” (Martin Luther).
Pastor David Arnold
Gulf Coast Worship Center
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