As a musician, one thing I love seeing in the Bible is the important role music plays. And it’s not just for worship and praise, but also for times of battle. Music is used to uplift when in sorrow and rejoice in victory. King David was a renowned musician, and his son Solomon is credited with writing over a thousand songs. (1 Kings 4:32).
Even with all the music mentions in the Bible, one name sticks out, Asaph, though little is known about him. He was the son of Berechiah, a descendant of Levi. He was one of three musicians King David placed in charge of singing in the house of Yahway. He also served under King Solomon. Asaph’s descendants continued to play a musical role throughout the Old Testament.
Perhaps he’s best known for the twelve Psalms he wrote (Psalm 50, and Psalms 73 – 83) . He wrote Psalms that spoke of God’s judgment and mercy. He wrote Psalms of lament, and songs filled with Thanksgiving and praise. Clearly, the man was very passionate. There’s little doubt that he was one of the most gifted musicians–if not the most gifted–in the Bible.
Can you imagine what it would have been like singing in his choir, accompanied with stringed instruments, trumpets, and horns? I picture tears streaming down his face as praises are lifted high. And then I hear his baritone ring above the rest–clear, strong, and passionate. I imagine being overcome with the Holy Spirit singing through him, through us.
Someday that will happen. Some day, when we go Home, maybe we’ll be greeted by an Asaph-directed choir. And he’ll motion for us to join in the singing. I’m getting the chills just thinking about it!
Psalm 81: 1 – 2
For the director of music. According to gittith. Of Asaph
Sing for joy to God our strength;
shout aloud to the God of Jacob!
Begin the music, strike the timbrel,
play the melodious harp and lyre.