1They brought the Sacred Chest to Gibeon and put it inside the Sacred Tent that David had told his workers to set up. Then they brought offerings to be completely burned on the altar and offerings to enable them to maintain fellowship with God.
2When David had finished presenting all those offerings, he asked Yahweh to bless the people.
3He gave a loaf of bread, some dates, and some raisins to every Israeli man and woman who was there.
4Then David appointed some of the descendants of Levi to stand in front of the Sacred Tent in which the Sacred Chest had been placed, to lead the people who worshiped and thanked and praised Yahweh, the God of the Israeli people.
5Asaph, who played the cymbals, was their leader. Zechariah was his assistant. The other descendants of Levi who helped Asaph were Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-Edom, and Jeiel. They played lyres and harps.
6Benaiah and Jahaziel were priests who blew trumpets frequently in front of the Sacred Tent in which was the Sacred Chest.
7On that day, David gave to Asaph and his helpers this psalm to praise Yahweh:
8Thank God, and pray to him MTY. Tell the people of all nations what he has done.
9Sing to him; sing songs to praise him. Tell about all his miraculous deeds.
10Be glad that you belong to him MTY; those who want to know Yahweh better should rejoice.
11Trust in Yahweh and in his power; continually seek to get help from him.
12Do not forget the wonderful things that he has done, the miracles and the just laws that he has given to us.
13We people are the descendants of his servant Jacob; we are the people of Israel whom he has chosen.
14Yahweh is our God. His just/fair laws are known by people throughout the world.
15He never forgets the agreement that he has made: he made a promise that will last for a thousand generations.
16That is the agreement that he made with Abraham, and he repeated that agreement to Isaac.
17It was an agreement for the Israeli people, and he wanted that agreement to endure forever.
18What he said was, “I will give the Canaan region to you, to belong to you and your descendants forever.”
19He said that to them when there were only a few of them, a tiny group of people who were living in that land ◄like strangers/that belonged to other people►;
20they continued to wander from one place to another, from one kingdom to another.
21But he did not allow others to oppress them, and he warned kings by saying to them,
22“Do not harm the people whom I have chosen! Do not harm my prophets!”
23You people throughout the world, sing to Yahweh. Every day proclaim to others that he has saved us.
24Tell the people of the nations that he is great; tell all the people-groups the marvelous things that he has done.
25Yahweh is great, and he deserves to be praised very much. He should be revered more than all the gods,
26because all the gods that the other people-groups worship are only idols, but Yahweh is truly great; he created the skies.
27He is glorious and majestic; his power and joy fill his Sacred Tent.
28You people in nations all over the world, praise Yahweh! Praise Yahweh for his glorious power HEN!
29Praise Yahweh like he MTY deserves to be praised. Bring an offering and come to his Sacred Tent. Worship Yahweh because he is holy.
30Everyone on the earth should tremble in front of Yahweh. He put the earth firmly in its place; and nothing ever will be able to move/shake it.
31Everything in the sky and on the earth should be happy. People everywhere should say, “Yahweh is our king!”
32The oceans and all the creatures that are in the oceans should shout to praise him; the fields and everything that is in them should rejoice.
33When they do that, it will be as though the trees in the forest will sing joyfully in front of Yahweh. That will happen when he comes to judge everyone on MTY the earth.
34Thank Yahweh, because everything that he does is good. He faithfully loves us forever.
35Say to him, “God, you are the one who rescues us, so gather us together and save us from the armies of other nations. When you do that, we will thank you MTY, and we will be happy to praise you.”
36Praise Yahweh, the God of us Israeli people, He has always existed, and he will exist forever. After the people finished singing that song, they all said, “◄Amen/May it be so►!”, and they praised Yahweh.
37Then David left Asaph and the other members of his clan there in front of the tent in which Yahweh's Sacred Chest had been placed. He told them that they must do their work there every day.
38David also left Obed-Edom and 68 other descendants of Levi to work with them. Hosah and Obed-Edom guarded the entrances of the Sacred Tent.
39David also told Zadok the Supreme Priest and the other priests who worked with him to remain in front of Yahweh's Sacred Tent, which was still at the place where the Israeli people worshiped God there in Gibeon city.
40Every morning and every evening they burned offerings on the altar, obeying the rules/laws that had been written by Moses, rules/laws which Yahweh had given to the Israeli people.
41With them were Heman and Jeduthun and other descendants of Levi. They MTY were chosen to sing songs to praise Yahweh because he faithfully loves his people forever.
42Heman and Jeduthun were appointed to play the trumpets and cymbals when the other descendants of Levi sang sacred songs. The sons of Jeduthun were appointed to guard the gates of the Sacred Tent.
43Then all the people left. They returned to their homes, and David returned home to ask Yahweh to bless his family.