​​"And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:"

  Ephesians 4:11-12

Psalms of Asaph Ministry

Minstrel/Psalmist/Praise & Worship

King David was a warrior, a prophet, a king, and a psalmist. By the end of his reign he had built an orchestra composed of 4000 Levites musicians (1 Chronicles 23:1-5). Of these, 288 were specifically anointed to prophesy at the kings command and praised the Lord with the instrument he specifically made to praise the Lord 1 Chronicles 25:2-7. These 288 were psalmists who prophesied by giving thanks and praising the Lord.

2 Kings 3:15
 “But now bring me minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him (Elisha) and he prophesied…”

1 Samuel 16:19-23 
19. Wherefore Saul sent messengers unto Jesse, and said, Send me David thy son, which is with the sheep. 20 And Jesse took an ass laden with bread, and a bottle of wine, and a kid, and sent them by David his son unto Saul. 21 And David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him greatly; and he became his armourbearer. 22 And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray thee, stand before me; for he hath found favour in my sight. 23 And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.

The psalmist and the minstrel has to be sensitive to what the Spirit is saying to the church(es).  They must be lead by the Spirit and flow in accordance with the Spirit. He/She releases the heart/mind of Christ into the atmosphere and call the church into praise and worship where the Lord leads.

They are trained to hear the voice and the sound of God.  They are prepared to lead a team and equip a team to be sensitive to the voice of God as they worship the Lord in the ministry of songs, psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.