Who was Asaph of the Psalms?

May 02, 2023

In our online Bible study last night, we began to dig into the themes of Book 3: Psalms 73-89. 

This third volume of praise and prayer consists of only 17 psalms, 11 of which are penned by Asaph.

So I thought, who is Asaph? What's his story? 

Asaph is mentioned a few times in 1 and 2 Chronicles, from where we learn a few things:

  • Asaph's name means "gatherer" in Hebrew 
  • Asaph was a Levite, appointed by David when the Ark was brought into Jerusalem
  • Asaph was a singer and a musician with the assignment to "raise the voice with resounding joy" 
  • Asaph's assignment grew to Chief Musician, prophetic worshiper in David's army, and seer
  • Asaph's sons continued in his legacy 

(References: I Chronicles 15:16-19, I Chronicles 16:4-5,7, I Chronicles 25:1-2,6-7, and II Chronicles 29:30) 

Yet, the high calling and successful ministry did not make Asaph exempt from feeling weak, confused, going through trials, or questioning his life's choices!

In fact, Book 3 of The Psalms is considered the "darkest volume" of the Psalms because many of these songs describe struggles with doubt, unbelief, oppression, and rebellion.


The psalmist overcomes each struggle and temptation with a better understanding of God, after surrendering in prayer and song.

Now that we know more about Asaph, we could truly relate to the emotional state of mind that Asaph found himself in when he wrote Psalm 73.

In Psalm 73, Asaph admits that he "almost slipped" because he allowed his thoughts to be plagued by a spirit of envy regarding the ungodly.

Especially as a worship leader and ministry leader, I can relate to Asaph!

Asaph was tempted with thoughts that we often experience too: 

"I'm doing all of this for you, LORD, and why am I still struggling?"

"Those people don't even do things right in your sight and they seem to be prospering!"

"Is all of my sacrificing even worth it?" 

Thankfully, God did not leave Asaph alone to these tormenting thoughts. 

After a divine appointment with the presence of the LORD, Asaph was delivered from the lies he allowed to creep in and Asaph was reminded that truly it is GOOD to draw near to God.

"My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."

Psalm 73:26 

Now, there were so many powerful details that we discussed last night as we took time to relate to Asaph's process. 

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Sara-Marie & the Soul of Worship Ministry Team

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