There were a number of Levites that King David assigned as worship leaders in  the tabernacle choir, according to 1  Chronicles 6:31–32. Asaph was one of these men (1  Chronicles 6:39). Asaph’s duties are described in detail in 1 Chronicles 16.  According to 2  Chronicles 29:30, both Asaph and David were skilled singers and poets. Asaph  is also mentioned as a “seer” or prophet. The “sons of Asaph” are mentioned in  1  Chronicles 25:1, 2  Chronicles 20:14, and Ezra 2:41. The  sons of Asaph were likely a guild of skilled poets and singers, modeling  themselves musically after Asaph, their master. The church musicians of our day  can be considered spiritual “children of Asaph.”

Psalms 50 and 73—83 are  called the “Psalms of Asaph” because his name appears in the superscription at  the head of those psalms. Regarding Asaph’s role as a prophet, of particular  interest is the imprecatory Psalm 83,  which deals with God’s judgment of Israel’s enemies: Edom, the Ishmaelites,  Moab, the Hagarites, Gebal, Ammon, the Amalekites, Philistia, Tyre, and Assyria.  If we examine the psalms written by Asaph, we can see that all of them have to  do with the judgment of God, and many involve the prayers of the people at the  prospect or moment of a particular event.

Asaph was a gifted individual.  He understood where the gift came from, and he used his music to praise the Lord  and communicate His Word to a needy world.

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