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Worship in David’s Tent

16 They brought the Ark of God and set it in the middle of the tent that David had pitched for it. Then they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before God. After David finished offering the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings, he blessed the people in the Name of Adonai. He then distributed to everyone in Israel—man and woman alike—to each a loaf of bread, a date cake and a raisin cake.

He appointed some of the Levites as ministers before the Ark of Adonai, to petition, to thank and to praise Adonai, the God of Israel. Asaph was the chief and second to him were Zechariah, Jeiel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-edom and Jehiel. They were to play harps and lyres; Asaph was to sound the cymbals, and the kohanim Benaiah and Jahaziel were to blow trumpets continually before the Ark of the Covenant of God.

On that day David first appointed Asaph and his kinsmen to give thanks to Adonai:

Give thanks to Adonai,
call upon His Name.
Make His deeds known
among the peoples.
Sing to Him! Sing praises to Him!
Tell of all His wonderful acts.
10 Glory in His holy Name!
Let the heart of those who seek Adonai rejoice.
11 Seek Adonai and His strength.
Seek His face always.
12 Remember the wonders He has done,
His signs and judgments of His mouth,
13 O descendants of Israel His servant,
O sons of Jacob, His chosen ones!
14 He is Adonai our God;
His judgments are in all the earth.
15 Remember His covenant forever,

the word that He commanded for a thousand generations—

16 that He made with Abraham,
    swore to Isaac,
17 and confirmed in a decree with Jacob
    to Israel as an everlasting covenant,
18 saying: “To you I give the land of Canaan
    as your allotted inheritance.”

19 When you were but a few in number,
very few, and strangers in it,
20 and wandered from nation to nation,
from one kingdom to another,
21 He allowed no one to oppress them,
but for their sake He reproved kings:
22 “Touch not My anointed ones,
and do My prophets no harm.”
23 Sing to Adonai, all the earth!
Proclaim His salvation from day to day.
24 Declare His glory among the nations,
His wonderous works among all the peoples.
25 For great is Adonai and greatly to be praised.
He is to be feared above all gods.
26 For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
but Adonai made the heavens.
27 Splendor and majesty are before Him;
    strength and joy are in His place.
28 Ascribe to Adonai, O families of the peoples,
ascribe to Adonai glory and strength.
29 Ascribe to Adonai the glory due to His Name.
Bring an offering and come before Him.
Worship Adonai in the splendor of holiness.
30 Tremble before Him, all the earth!
The world is firmly established—it will not be moved.
31 Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!
Let them say among the nations: “Adonai reigns!”
32 Let the sea roar and all that is in it.
Let the field rejoice and all that is in it.
33 Then the trees of the forest will sing for joy before Adonai,
    for He comes to judge the earth.

34 Give thanks to Adonai for He is good,
    for His mercy endures forever.
35 Declare, “Save us, O God of our salvation!
Gather and rescue us from the nations,
    that we may give thanks to Your holy Name,
    that we may glory in Your praise.”
36 Blessed be Adonai, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
Then all the people said “Amen,” and “Praise Adonai.”

37 So David left Asaph and his kinsmen there before the Ark of the Covenant of Adonai, to minister before the Ark continually, according to each day’s requirements, 38 including Obed-edom and his 68 kinsmen. Obed-edom son of Jeduthun and Hosah were gatekeepers. 39 Also he left Zadok the kohen and his fellow kohanim before the Tabernacle of Adonai in the high place that was at Gibeon 40 to offer burnt offerings to Adonai on the altar of burnt offering, regularly morning and evening, according to all that is written in the Torah of Adonai that He commanded Israel. 41 Along with them were Heman and Jeduthun and the rest who were chosen, designated by name to give thanks to Adonai—for His mercy endures forever. 42 Heman and Jeduthun had trumpets and cymbals for music and other instruments for praising God. The sons of Jeduthun were to be at the gate.

43 Then all the people departed each one to his home, and David returned to bless his household.