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Monday, February 2 2015
Psalm 73: The Songs Of Asaph
"So the singers, Heman, Asaph, and Ethan, were appointed to sound with cymbals of brass"
The service of the Levites (see the Fact Finder question below) in Jerusalem was facilitated by King David when he had the Ark of the Covenant brought into the city for the first time (see The Ark's Arrival In Zion and Kings David's Psalm Of The Ark).
The original portable Tabernacle (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Tabernacle) had been by then retired at Shiloh after the Ark was parted from it (see The Parting of The Ark and The Tabernacle), while the new Temple in Jerusalem had not yet been constructed (see Solomon's Temple Address), so David "prepared a place for the Ark of God, and pitched for it a tent." (see David's House Of Cedars and The LORD's Tabernacle).
"15:1 And David made him houses in the city of David, and prepared a place for the ark of God, and pitched for it a tent. 15:2 Then David said, None ought to carry the ark of God but the Levites: for them hath the LORD chosen to carry the ark of God, and to minister unto him for ever.
Asaph, the son of Berechiah, was one of the Levites (see The Levite Clans) who were chosen to be singers (verses 17 and 19 below). His election (not self-appointment) is itself evidence that he was a very good singer. As we will read, Asaph, by means of the Holy Spirit, also became a very good composer of Psalms.
"15:16 And David spake to the chief of the Levites to appoint their brethren to be the singers with instruments of musick, psalteries and harps and cymbals, sounding, by lifting up the voice with joy.
Asaph became the composer of twelve of the Psalms (50 and 73 to 82). The Seventy-third Psalm is a song of a humble, repentant man who had found the Way to the LORD.
"73:1 A Psalm of Asaph.
Fact Finder: (a) When did the LORD set apart the Levites for service to Him? (b) Who was the Levite that the Messiah described as the greatest prophet, apart from Himself?
This Day In History, February 2
506: Alaric II, king of the Visigoths (a Germanic people), proclaimed the Breviary of Alaric (Breviarium Alaricianum or Lex Romana Visigothorum), a collection of "Roman law" for the Germanic Empire
962: Pope John XII crowned Otto I as the "Holy Roman Emperor" (see Emperors and Popes). When Otto succeeded his father Heinrich (Henry) as German king in 936, the people raised their right hand to show approval and shouted "Sieg und heil" ("victory and salvation") - words revived by Adolf Hitler almost 1,000 years later (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion). Later historians would view 962 as the beginning of what would later be officially called the Sacrum Romanum Imperium Nationis Germanica ("The Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation"; see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation). The octagonal imperial crown of the "Holy Roman Empire," which was made especially for the coronation of Otto, was the symbol of European unity for centuries afterward. Otto von Habsburg (whose ancestors were some of the "Holy Roman" emperors) called attention to the potential present and future role of that very same crown, which now sits in the Schatzkammer (Royal Treasury) in Vienna, Austria.
1461: The Lancastrians (founded by the son of Henry III, the Earl of Lancaster in 1267) defeated the Yorkists (founded by another son of Henry III, the duke of York) at the second Battle of St. Albans'.
1494: Christopher Columbus began using "Indians" as slaves i.e. native Americans were the first slaves of the "New" World (see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1509: The Portuguese, led by Francisco de Almeida, destroyed the Muslim fleet in the Battle of Diu, establishing Portuguese control of Indian waters.
1536: Spanish explorer Pedro de Mendoza founded Buenos Aires.
1556: The world's worst earthquake on record, in China's Shaanxi, Shansi and Henan provinces, killed an estimated 830,000 people.
1626: Charles I, the son and successor of James I (after whom the King James Version of the Bible was named), was crowned king of England.
1653: The Dutch established New Amsterdam as a city. After the British took over the colonies that became known as New England, the city was renamed as New York.
1709: British sailor Alexander Selkirk was rescued after being marooned on a desert island for 5 years. His story was the inspiration of Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe.
1808: French forces under Napoleon occupied Rome. Pope Pius VII was arrested and held in custody.
1848: The Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo ended the war between the U.S. and Mexico.
1901: The Funeral of Queen Victoria.
1916: The U.S. Senate granted independence for the Philippines.
1945: During the Second World War, 1,200 British Royal Air Force planes bombed Wiesbaden and Karlsruhe in Germany.
1972: The British Embassy in Dublin was burned down after a day of anti-British demonstrations.
1983: The Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) resumed in Geneva.
1989: Soviet invasion forces completed their withdrawal from Kabul, Afghanistan.