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The Writing Portfolio: Asaph’s Model Demonstrates a Higher Purpose

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The custom of having choir directors to lead the choirs in hymns of praise and thanksgiving to God began long ago in the days of David and Asaph. (Nehemiah 12:46, NLT

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The Writing Portfolio: a #devotional for #writers based on Neh 12:46 with Word Wise at Nonprofit Copywriter #FreelanceWriting #WritingTips

A writing portfolio showcases your work to potential clients, employers, and fans. You fill it with samples of your writing that demonstrate your skills, whether you write articles, direct mail, blog posts, email campaigns, websites, books, novels, or any other content form.

Asaph, one of King David’s worship leaders, left us a writing portfolio in the book of Psalms, specifically Psalms 50 and Psalms 73-83.

A worship leader, Asaph passed along that legacy of praise to his sons and a full-blown guild of skilled poets and singers. These “children of Asaph” played a prominent role in the Jewish revival during the temple reconstruction led by Nehemiah and Ezra (around 400 BC). 

Meanwhile, theologians acknowledge that Asaph’s writing portfolio marked him as a prophetic seer – a perceiver of hidden truth (2 Chronicles 29:30). They’re part of a group of praise songs known as “imprecatory psalms” declaring God’s judgement on the enemies of His people and His greatness and over their foes. 

So while Asaph’s writing portfolio samples are distinctive and highly specialized, they are a clear representation of his work. 

And Asaph’s psalms achieve a clear purpose. They refute challenges to God’s authority and invoke praise to Him in the midst of adversity.

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A Word To Pray

Gracious Father,

Thank you for the psalms of Asaph. His work fulfills a clear purpose for the generations of worshippers that came after him. Help me to build a writing portfolio with a clear sense of purpose of the work you would have me to do.

In Jesus’s name, Amen.

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