The Sons of Asaph were gifted musicians and singers, carrying on the appointment of their ancestor Asaph, author of some of the Psalms, to “raise sounds of joy”.
The Sons of Asaph were involved in many key events throughout Old Testament history. They sang at the recapture of the ark of the covenant under King David, ministered in the tent of meeting, celebrated at the dedication of Solomon’s temple, prophesied to Jehoshaphat, cleansed and consecrated the temple under King Hezekiah, led in Josiah’s celebration of the rediscovery of God’s law, and received honorary mention in Ezra’s records of the exiles returning to Jerusalem from Babylon.
Musicians have always been an important aspect of culture and can capture deep truths about a people’s values and what they believe.
It is in honor of this tradition that I am appointing Friday afternoon for highlighting a musician–a spiritual “son of Asaph”, song or album to either recommend or discuss. There may be some gaps in between posts, depending on my personal schedule but this will be the idea. Some artists will be Christian, others merely articulating some Christian ideas, and others articulating a worldview in contrast to Christianity. I hope you join me!