As Rabbi Avraham Ariel Trugman put it in his book, The Mystical Power of Music, “music is a cosmic language that unites the physical and spiritual, body and soul, universal and particular, while simultaneously transcending time and temporal space altogether.” King David is considered to be the first to introduce what is considered to be music today as psalms.
Psalms were written as lyrics for the human voice. As the “sweet singer of Israel” David, before he became king, would be summoned to play an instrument and sing lyrics that would successfully calm a troubled soul. The harp and lyre were the instruments he would play.
Psalms were later introduced into Christianity’s services and ritual. Martin Luther, the famous Protestant reformer, once said that “music is the best gift from God.” Paul, one of Jesus’ disciples, stressed the importance of singing lyrics and psalms to God.
Music’s role in Islam is a more complicated story. The earliest writing on Islamic music goes back to the ninth century, when a man named Lamak, in order to express sorrow for the loss of his son, made the first musical instrument of a lute from the leg of his son.
Mohammed was believed to have been hostile toward music and musicians. Yet he chose a singer to chant many of the verses in the Muslim call to prayer.
You can hear an interpretation of what were the sounds of the “sweet singer of Israel”, David, from the YouTube link below: