During King David’s reign of Israel, he employed a very interesting person to direct the Kingdom’s musicians. The name of this musician-prophet is known as Asaph. Although there were three known persons who went by the name, Asaph, there was one particular musician that King David personally employed. He is believed to have been responsible for 12 of the most influential Psalms under David’s direction.
Asaph started out as a cymbal player and was quickly elevated to chief musician by David. David commissioned Asaph to be in continual service to minister and worship regularly in the tent of meeting, in order to invoke thanksgiving and praise to the Lord (1 Chron. 16:5)(Kauflin, 2009).
Asaph’s sons were always summoned by King David to minister alongside Asaph, the chief musician. Asaph and his sons were so faithful in their ministry, that King Solomon appointed them to serve in the dedication of the Temple (2 Chron. 5:13)(Kauflin, 2009).
It is believed that Asaph and his sons faithfully taught, instructed, and ministered for the generations to come after them. Almost 100 years later, a son of Asaph named Jahaziel (2 Chron. 20:14) would give a prophetic word to King Jehoshaphat (Kauflin, 2009). 140 Years later, during the reign of King Hezekiah, the sons of Asaph were among the Levitical Preisthood who cleansed and consecrated the Temple in order to restore worship of the Lord (2 Chron. 29:12-15)(Kauflin, 2009).
80 years later, after the falling away, and the Book of the Law was recovered by King Josiah, he restored the celebration of the Passover, and the singers were none other than the descendants of Asaph (2 Chron. 35:15)(Kauflin, 2009).
Biblical evidence supports the fact that God is the Lord of the Generations. He equips certain individuals who have a desire and passion to replicate themselves by instruction, impartation, and teaching of their gift of making a joyful, passionate, and excellent sound that promote and invoke the desire to worship God.
It’s not just enough that you are excellent in your musicianship, but there is a prophetic nature about being a musician of the Lord. There is a prophetic nature to praise and worship music. It should invoke a holy and reverential awe of God.
More on this later at www.houseofasaph.com
“Asaph The Psalmist, And his son Joseph“, Pranevich, J. 2014, URL: http://coatofmanycolors.net/2014/10/05/asaph-psalmist-son-joseph/
“The Legacy of Asaph – Learning to Sing in the Same Room”, Kauflin, B., 2009, URL: http://www.worshipmatters.com/2009/09/03/the-legacy-of-asaph-learning-to-sing-in-the-same-room/