Hebrew sacred song really began with Israel’s birth as a nation, and it then continued for more than one thousand years. The earliest recorded composer of psalms was Moses. His first was a solemn choral song, with musical accompaniment, sung after the crossing of the Red Sea (Ex. 15:1,20-21). He followed this up with other songs, most of which were made for particular occasions (Num. 21:17; Deut. 31:22,30; 32; Ps. 90 [see title]). In the time of the Judges, Deborah and Hannah received the prophetic gift for composing such sacred songs (Judg. 5; 1 Sam. 2). Later, it seems, the art of sacred song was cultivated among the sons of the prophets in those prophetic societies apparently founded by Samuel (1 Sam. 10:5). A society was established at Ramah, where David may have received his first impulse to compose psalms (1 Sam. 19:18,20).

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ByJustus Musinguzi

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