Suggested Reading: 1 Chronicles 25-26
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Key Verse: 1 Chronicles 25:2
Of the sons of Asaph: Zaccur, Joseph, Nethaniah, and Asharelah; the sons of Asaph were under the direction of Asaph, who prophesied according to the order of the king.
Asaph, along with David and others, wrote Psalms (click here for Psalm 50). Giving thanks and worshipping the Lord was a very important element of the services in the Temple. The Psalms were the content of their hymnbook. We may be sure that if they had modern technology, the words of Asaph would have often been projected on a screen so that the congregation could sing along. The words and music of the hymns and gospel songs have endured as instruments of worship sung directly to God (e.g. “How Great Thou Art”). They are a form of prophesy born in the inspiration of the Spirit of God. The Apostle Paul, who would have regularly participated in the music of the Jerusalem Temple, wrote these words: “Speaking to one another in Psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:19). Some translations start this verse with the words, “Encourage one another.” Verse 21 goes on to describe the content of the singing: “Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I pray today the words written by Fanny Crosby and then put to music for congregational singing…“Thou, my everlasting portion! More than friend or life to me, all along my pilgrim journey, Saviour, let me walk with Thee. Close to Thee, close to Thee, close to Thee, close to Thee, all along my pilgrim journey, Saviour, let me walk with Thee.” I pray this in Jesus’ Name! Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS
I’ve found myself while writing this blog breaking into singing the hymn, “How Great Thou Art!” Also I have just sung the song of personal experience, “Amazing Grace.” This past Saturday, I sang the world’s most often sung words, “Happy Birthday,” to my 4-year-old great-grandson, James Stowell. I’m so happy that my great-grandchildren are learning the Scriptures by singing them. Yesterday, Father’s Day, after attending church, Norma-Jean and I were together with our family. First we were at the home of our granddaughter and her husband, Sheryl and Todd Neilson, for the third birthday of their daughter, Autumn. We sang “God Rocks” songs, which consist of Bible verses. Then later we were at the home of Elaine and Bruce Stacey, Autumn’s grandparents, for a Father’s day celebration. We heard more of the Scriptures put to music by the God Rocks composer, Bruce Stacey. When I need a lift for my heart, attitude, and my spirit, I’ve proven that “singing and making melody” is a sure remedy. Here is a link to a video of one of the “God Rocks” Scripture songs. You can find out more about “God Rocks” at www.godrocks.ca.
Yours for “singing and making melody,”