One area of interest I’ve always had has been in studying how the earliest churches worshiped. This past week, I’ve been reading in 1st Chronicles 6 and 16 about one of King David’s worship leaders named Asaph. We learn in 2 Chronicles 29:30 that both Asaph and David were skilled singers and poets. In fact, we read in 1 Chronicles 25:6-7, that they were specifically trained to write and perform music in God’s house. God used Asaph’s skills in writing music to write twelve Psalms; Psalm 50 and Psalms 73-83 are called the “Psalms of Asaph.”
Asaph was a gifted individual, and we believe he understood where his gift came from. The Lord used his music to help bring the people of God into praise. Asaph was a worship leader who stayed close to the Lord, knowing that he was imperfect and needed God. He shared his personal walk with the people of God in Psalm 73: “But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge that I may tell of all your works.”
Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible describes Asaph as “a famous singer.” He was one of the most gifted and well-respected songwriters and worship leaders in the Old Testament. His songs were celebrated and recognized alongside of David’s. We read this in 2 Chronicles 29:30 “And Hezekiah the king and the officials commanded the Levites to sing praises to the words of David and of Asaph the seer. And they sang praises with gladness, and they bowed down and worshiped.”
Writing and leading congregations in God-centered music has biblical roots from the very beginning. We pray that those who call Good Shepherd home continue to highly value the truthfulness of God’s Word expressed in song and engage in heartfelt singing unto the Lord.
One of the many reasons the elders and staff are excited to welcome David Price to the Good Shepherd family is how God has called him and gifted him to lead God’s people in worship. From a very young age, God has guided David toward learning and growing in these skills. David was raised a pastor’s kid, and began traveling and singing with his father at age fourteen. By age twenty, he was traveling professionally, performing in both entertainment and TV shows in Branson, Missouri and around the country. He did two tours with the Gaithers and performed in the southern gospel group, Nelons, where he was inducted into the GMA Hall of Fame. He has numerous accomplishments including being a Tele Award winner, and he has also been part of a Grammy-nominated group. David has also won a Dove Award.
For the previous four years, David has served as director of worship at Woodside Bible Church. This is where I met David, and I had the opportunity to lead alongside him for a year. The Lord has blessed us with a strong friendship. One thing I immediately noticed about David’s leadership is how he built a culture of volunteerism. His teams were multiple singers and musicians deep; new people were constantly auditioning to be on teams he led. His team members experienced his care for them as well as his leadership in deepening their gifts and talents. I am hopeful that we will see a resurgence of singers and musicians sharing the stage to lead us all in worshiping our one true God.