Asaph is an honest songwriter (see Psalms 50, 73-83). He doesn’t write songs for mass consumption. They aren’t marketable. They fail the radio test. He is the opposite of everything that is popular in our world. His songs are gritty, honest, vulnerable, mildly offensive, brutally convicting, and so close to crossing the line you wonder why God would allow it. He steps to the very threshold of calling into question the wisdom of God without crossing over. The Lord permits this type of song, I think in part, because pilgrims like me relate better to cracked vessels trying to hold water than to museum pieces. We are clay pots (2 Corinthians 4:7), unworthy and undignified. There is something about Asaph I relate to. If we get over ourselves and everything we know, we instinctively echo this poem. It’s nice to know we aren’t crazy for thinking the way we do sometimes. Another songwriter who had this quality was Rich Mullins. I’ve always liked his music. He died 15 years ago when he was just a few years older than me. We lost a modern prophet. My favorite song is a robust and weighty ballad called “Hard to Get“. In it I hear a Psalmist.

2 thoughts on “Psalmists

  1. “In radiance He hears the prayers of those of us who live in skin”; this is a lyric from the Rich Mullins song mentioned by Jon. The Triune God, Creator of Heaven, Earth, the universe, and all that exists is living an awesome reality in eternity beyond the reach of time and space. From His throne in Paradise, enormous and in all supremacy, He hears the prayers of His people with the purest form of love and orchestrates their eternal lives for His glory and kingdom.

    In darkness and inequity, the natural man is born spiritually doomed to a body of sin. We all enter this realm already cursed with an innate predilection contrary to the will of God. Pride tries to tell us otherwise but even with our new nature as children of God in humility, we remain unworthy, undignified, common clay pots, like “cracked vessels trying to hold water”. Not yet immune to the sins of this world the Lord Jesus Christ has redeemed us by His blood.

    • Rich Mullins, I get “Hard to Get”
      Weak, frail, human being – that’s me but this is encouraging
      that God knows our weaknesses. “For we do NOT have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in EVERY RESPECT has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Emphasis mine. 🙂

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