1They brought the Ark of God and placed it in the tent that David had prepared for it. They presented burnt offerings and friendship offerings to God.
2Once David had finished presenting the burnt offerings and friendship offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord.
3Then he shared out to every Israelite, to every man and woman, a loaf of bread, a date cake, and a raisin cake.
4David assigned some of the Levites to serve as ministers before the Ark of the Lord, to remember, to thank, and to praise the Lord, the God of Israel.
5Asaph was the one in charge, Zechariah was second, then Jeiel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-edom, and Jeiel. They played harps and lyres, and Asaph struck the cymbals,
6and the priests Benaiah and Jahaziel blew the trumpets continually in front of the Ark of God's Agreement.
7This was the day that David first instructed Asaph and his relatives to express thanks to the Lord in this way:
8Give the Lord thanks, worship his wonderful nature, let people know what he's done!
9Sing to him, sing his praises; tell everyone the great things he's done!
10Be proud of his holy character; be happy, all who come to the Lord!
11Look for the Lord, and his strength; always look to be with him.
12Remember all the wonderful things he's done, the miracles he's performed, and the judgments he's carried out,
13descendants of Israel, children of Jacob, his chosen people.
14He is the Lord, our God, his judgments cover the whole earth.
15He remembers his agreement forever, the promise he made lasts for a thousand generations;
16the agreement he made with Abraham, the vow he gave to Isaac.
17The Lord legally confirmed it with Jacob, he made this everlasting agreement with Israel:
18saying, “I will give the land of Canaan to you for you to possess.”
19He said this when there were only a few of you, just a small group of foreigners in the land.
20They wandered from country to country, from one kingdom to the next.
21He didn't let anyone one treat them badly; warning kings to leave them alone:
22“Don't touch my chosen people; don't harm my prophets!”
23Sing to the Lord, all the earth, sing to the Lord! Each day let everyone know of his salvation!
24Declare his glorious acts among the nations, the wonderful things he does among all peoples.
25For the Lord is great, and deserves the best praise! He is to be respected with awe above all gods.
26For all the gods of other nations are idols; but the Lord made the heavens!
27Splendor and majesty are his; power and glory are in his sanctuary.
28Give the Lord credit, nations of the world, credit him with glory and strength.
29Give the Lord the glory he deserves; bring an offering and come before him. Worship the Lord in his magnificent holiness.
30Let everyone on earth tremble in his presence. The world is held together firmly—it cannot be broken apart.
31Let the heavens sing for joy, let the earth be happy. Tell the nations, “The Lord is in charge!”
32Let the sea and everything in it shout with praise! Let the fields and everything there celebrate;
33Let all the trees in the forest sing for joy, for he is coming to judge the earth.
34Say thank you to the Lord, for he is good! His trustworthy love continues forever!
35Shout out, “Save us, Lord, our God! Bring us back together from among the nations, rescue us, so we can thank you and praise how magnificent and holy you are.”
36How wonderful is the Lord, the God of Israel, who lives forever and ever! Then all the people said, “Amen!” and “Praise the Lord!”
37Then David made sure Asaph and his brothers would minister continually before the Ark of the Lord's Agreement, performing whatever services were needed every day,
38as well as Obed-edom and his sixty-eight relatives. Obed-edom, son of Jeduthun, and Hosah, were gatekeepers.
39David put Zadok the priest and his fellow priests in charge of the Ark of the Lord at the high place in Gibeon
40to present burnt offerings to the Lord on the altar of burnt offerings, morning and evening, according to all that was written in the law of the Lord which he had ordered Israel to follow.
41They were accompanied by Heman, Jeduthun, and the rest of those chosen and identified by name to give thanks to the Lord, for “His trustworthy love lasts forever.”
42Heman and Jeduthun used their trumpets and cymbals to make music to accompany the songs of God. The sons of Jeduthun guarded the gate.
43Then all the people went home, and David went to bless his family.