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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Chronological Reading Plan for April 25, Psalms 73, 77, 78

Today's readings are Psalms 73, 77, 78. Tomorrow's are 1 Chronicles 6. 

These three Psalms are written by Asaph, a Levite and a leader of a group of temple musicians in David's time. We'll first see him in 1 Chronicles 6 and later hear that he plays cymbals and is in charge of the music played when the ark enters Jerusalem. In 2 Chronicles we hear that Asaph leads a collective or a guild of musicians that become a fixture in temple worship for some time after Asaph dies. 

Some of the 12 Psalms attributed to Asaph were probably written by Asaph himself, some by members of his guild. Most seem to reflect on the Babylonian exile. All of them seem to have a general theme of national crisis and God's provision during that crisis. They are a testimony to those who keep their focus on the Lord in times of hardship.

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