They brought the Ark of God and placed it inside the special tent David had prepared for it. And they presented burnt offerings and peace offerings to God. 2 When he had finished his sacrifices, David blessed the people in the name of the Lord. 3 Then he gave to every man and woman in all Israel a loaf of bread, a cake of dates,* and a cake of raisins.
4 David appointed the following Levites to lead the people in worship before the Ark of the Lord—to invoke his blessings, to give thanks, and to praise the Lord, the God of Israel. 5 Asaph, the leader of this group, sounded the cymbals. Second to him was Zechariah, followed by Jeiel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-edom, and Jeiel. They played the harps and lyres. 6 The priests, Benaiah and Jahaziel, played the trumpets regularly before the Ark of God’s Covenant.
7 On that day David gave to Asaph and his fellow Levites this song of thanksgiving to the Lord:
Let the whole world know what he has done.
Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds.
rejoice, you who worship the Lord.
continually seek him.
his miracles, and the rulings he has given,
you descendants of Jacob, his chosen ones.
His justice is seen throughout the land.
the commitment he made to a thousand generations.
and the oath he swore to Isaac.
and to the people of Israel as a never-ending covenant:
as your special possession.”
a tiny group of strangers in Canaan.
from one kingdom to another.
He warned kings on their behalf:
and do not hurt my prophets.”
Each day proclaim the good news that he saves.
Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.
He is to be feared above all gods.
but the Lord made the heavens!
strength and joy fill his dwelling.
recognize that the Lord is glorious and strong.
Bring your offering and come into his presence.
Worship the Lord in all his holy splendor.
The world stands firm and cannot be shaken.
Tell all the nations, “The Lord reigns!”
Let the fields and their crops burst out with joy!
for he is coming to judge the earth.
His faithful love endures forever.
Gather and rescue us from among the nations,
so we can thank your holy name
and rejoice and praise you.”
who lives from everlasting to everlasting!
And all the people shouted “Amen!” and praised the Lord.
37 David arranged for Asaph and his fellow Levites to serve regularly before the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant, doing whatever needed to be done each day. 38 This group included Obed-edom (son of Jeduthun), Hosah, and sixty-eight other Levites as gatekeepers.
39 Meanwhile, David stationed Zadok the priest and his fellow priests at the Tabernacle of the Lord at the place of worship in Gibeon, where they continued to minister before the Lord. 40 They sacrificed the regular burnt offerings to the Lord each morning and evening on the altar set aside for that purpose, obeying everything written in the Law of the Lord, as he had commanded Israel. 41 David also appointed Heman, Jeduthun, and the others chosen by name to give thanks to the Lord, for “his faithful love endures forever.” 42 They used their trumpets, cymbals, and other instruments to accompany their songs of praise to God.* And the sons of Jeduthun were appointed as gatekeepers.
16:3 Or a portion of meat. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.
16:42 Or to accompany the sacred music; or to accompany singing to God.