Apr 27 (Daily reading: 1 Chronicles 6) Asaph and the sons of Korah wrote more than twenty psalms. We remember the special role that God assigned the Levites: “And you shall appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of the testimony, and over all its furnishings and over everything that belongs to it. They shall carry the tabernacle and all its furnishings, and they shall take care of it” (Num. 1:50). The Levites were given the responsibility over the arrangements for worshipping God. We could think of them as predecessors of the service personnel who make ready our houses of worship, and the sound and light technicians, etc., who facilitate worship services.
The “sons of Korah” and “Asaph” were descendants of Levi. Korah was from the family of Levi’s son Kohath, and Asaph was from the family of Levi’s son Gershon. Their role in the worship in the temple was assigned by David; they were “appointed over the service of song in the house of the LORD” (6:31). They were carrying out the assignment that God had given Moses for the Levites. Thank God for those today who use their God-given musical abilities to lead us in worship!
Asaph served under both David (see 1 Chronicles 16:4-7) and Solomon (see 2 Chronicles 5:12). He sang with the Levitical singers on the day when Solomon brought the ark into the Most Holy Place in the temple. The message that Asaph and his fellow choir members sang that day was: “He indeed is good for His kindness is everlasting” (2 Chron. 5:13). They could have been singing the opening lines of one of the songs that Asaph wrote: “God certainly is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart!” (Ps. 73:1).
– Al Gary