1 Chronicles 16
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The Ark is Placed in the Tent

(2 Samuel 6:17-19)

1They brought the Ark of God, placed it within the tent that David had erected, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings in the presence of God. 2After David had finished sacrificing the burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD 3and distributed a loaf of bread, a date bar, and a raisin bar to every person in Israel—that is, to each man and to each woman. 4In the presence of the ark of the LORD, he appointed some of the descendants of Levi to minister continually by remembering,a giving thanks, and praising the LORD God of Israel. 5Their director Asaph played cymbals, and next to him was Zechariah, followed by Jeiel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-edom, and Jeiel, who played harps and lyres. 6The priests Benaiah and Jahaziel played the trumpets continually in the presence of the Ark of the Covenant of God.

David’s Psalm of Thanksgiving

(Psalm 96:1-13; 105:1-15; 106:1,47-48)

7On that very day, David composed this psalm of thanksgiving to the LORD just forb Asaph and his companions:c

8Give thanks to the LORD,

calling on his name.

Make what he has done known among the people.

9Sing to him,

sing psalms to him,

and thinkd about all of his miraculous deeds.

10Find joy in his holy name;

let the hearts of those who keep on seeking the LORD rejoice.

11Seek the LORD and his strength.

Always look to him.e

12Keep remembering the awesome deeds that he has done,

along with his miracles

and the rulings that he has handed down,

13you descendants of his servant Israel,

you descendants of Jacob,

the ones he has chosen.

14He is the LORD our God.

His justice is in all of the land.

15Remember his covenant forever,

his promise that he made to the thousandth generation,

16the covenantf that he made with Abraham,

and the oath he swore to Isaac.

17He confirmed it to Jacob in the form of an ordinance,

an eternal covenant to Israel,

18when he told Israel,

“To you I will give the land of Canaan

as your joyful inheritance.”g

19When you were few in number—

very few, and strangers at that—

20wandering from nation to nation,

from one kingdom to another,

21he did not let anyone wrong them.

He warned kings on their behalf,

22“Don’t touch my chosen ones,

and don’t hurt my prophets!”

23Let all the earth sing to the LORD!

Day after day proclaim his deliverance!h

24Declare his glory among the nations,

and his miraculous deeds to all people,

25because the LORD is great,

and he is praised greatly!

He is feared above every god.

26For all of the gods of the otheri nations are merej idols,

but the LORD fashioned the heavens!

27Splendor and majesty surround him,

and strength and joy fill his palace.k

28Let the families of earth recognize the LORD—

that he is glorious and powerful.

29Recognize the glory that is due the LORD!

Bring your offering,

and come into his presence,

worshiping the LORD in all of his holy splendor.

30Tremble in his presence, all the earth!

Surely the inhabited worldl stands firm—

it cannot be moved.

31Let the heavens rejoice,

and the earth be glad!

Say to the nations,

“The LORD reigns!”

32Let the sea roar

along with everything that fills it!

Let the fields exult,

along with everything in them!

33Then let the trees in the forest sing out in praise,

for the LORD is coming to judge the world.

34Give thanks to the LORD,

because he is good

and because his gracious love is eternal!

35Call out,m “Save us, God, you who delivers us!

Gather us and rescue us from the nations!

We will thank your holy name

and rejoice as we praise you!

36Praise the LORD God of Israel,

who lives from eternity to eternity!

Then all of the people shouted “Amen!” and praised the LORD.

David’s Establishes Regular Worship

37Later Davidn left the presence of the Ark of the Covenant of the LORD so Asaph and his fellow descendants of Levi could serve the ark there continually each day, doing whatever was required. 38Obed-edom and 68 of his relatives remained also, with Jeduthun’s son Obed-edom and Hosah serving as trustees.o 39He left Zadok the priest and his relatives at the Tent of the LORD at the high place in Gibeon, where they ministered in the LORD’s presence, 40sacrificing the regular burnt offerings regularly each morning and evening to the LORD on the altar dedicated to that purpose, doing everything written in the Law of the LORD, just as he had commanded Israel.

41Davidp also appointed Heman, Jeduthun, and others chosen by name to give thanks to the LORD, because “his gracious love is eternal.”q 42They accompanied their songs of praise to God with trumpets, cymbals, and other musical instruments while Jeduthun’s children served as trustees.r 43After this, everyone left for their own homes and David went home to bless his own household.

a 16:4 Lit. invoking; i.e. to speak to God in light of his past works
b 16:7 Lit. LORD in the hand of
c 16:7 Lit. brothers; i.e. his fellow descendants of Levi
d 16:9 Or and talk
e 16:11 Lit. to his face
f 16:16 The Heb. lacks the covenant
g 16:18 Or your special portion
h 16:23 Or day preach his salvation
i 16:26 The Heb. lacks other
j 16:26 The Heb. lacks mere
k 16:27 Lit. place
l 16:30 Or the inhabitants of the world
m 16:35 Lit. Say
n 16:37 Lit. he
o 16:38 Or gatekeepers
p 16:41 Lit. He
q 16:41 Cf. v.34
r 16:42 Or gatekeepers

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