1They brought in God’s chest and placed it inside the tent David had pitched for it. Then they brought entirely burned offerings and well-being sacrifices before God. 2When David had finished offering the entirely burned offerings and the well-being sacrifices, he blessed the people in the Lord’s name 3and distributed a loaf of bread, a piece of meat,#Cf LXX, Syr, Vulg; Heb uncertain and a raisin cake to every Israelite man and woman.
David establishes worship
4David appointed some of the Levites to serve before the Lord’s chest in order to remember, to give thanks, and to praise the Lord, Israel’s God: 5Asaph was the leader, and Zechariah his assistant; also Jeiel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-edom, and Jeiel with harps and lyres; Asaph sounding the cymbals; 6and the priests Benaiah and Jahaziel blowing trumpets regularly before the chest containing God’s covenant. 7On the same day, for the first time, David ordered Asaph and his relatives to give thanks to the Lord.
David’s song of praise
8Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name;
make his deeds known to all people!
9Sing to God, sing praises to him;
dwell on all his wondrous works!
10Give praise to God’s holy name!
Let the hearts rejoice of all those seeking the Lord!
11Pursue the Lord and his strength;
seek his face always!
12Remember the wondrous works he has done,
all his marvelous works,
and the justice he declared—
13you who are the offspring of Israel, his servant,
and the children of Jacob, his chosen ones.
14The Lord—he is our God.
His justice is everywhere throughout the whole world.
15God remembers#LXX; MT Remember his covenant forever,
the word he commanded to a thousand generations,
16which he made with Abraham,
the solemn pledge he swore to Isaac.
17God set it up as binding law for Jacob,
as an eternal covenant for Israel,
18promising, "I hereby give you the land of Canaan
as your allotted inheritance."
19When they#LXX, Vulg; MT when you were were few in number—
insignificant, just immigrants—
20wandering from nation to nation,
from one kingdom to the next,
21God didn’t let anyone oppress them.
God punished kings for their sake:
22"Don’t touch my anointed ones;
don’t harm my prophets!"
23Sing to the Lord, all the earth!
Share the news of his saving work every single day!
24Declare God’s glory among the nations;
declare his wondrous works among all people
25because the Lord is great and so worthy of praise.
He is awesome beyond all other gods
26because all the gods of the nations are just idols,
but it is the Lord who created heaven!
27Greatness and grandeur are in front of him;
strength and joy are in his place.
28Give to the Lord, all families of the nations—
give to the Lord glory and power!
29Give to the Lord the glory due his name!
Bring gifts! Enter his presence!
Bow down to the Lord
in his holy splendor!
30Tremble before him, all the earth!
Yes, he set the world firmly in place;#LXX; MT the world is firmly established
it won’t be shaken.
31Let heaven celebrate!
Let the earth rejoice!
Let the nations say, "The Lord rules!"
32Let the sea and everything in it roar!
Let the countryside and everything in it celebrate!
33Then the trees of the forest will shout out joyfully
before the Lord, because he is coming
to establish justice on earth!
34Give thanks to the Lord because he is good,
because his faithful love endures forever.
35Say: "Save us, God, our savior!
Gather us! Deliver us from among the nations
so we can give thanks to your holy name
and rejoice in your praise."
36Bless the Lord, Israel’s God,
from forever in the past to forever always.
And let all the people say, "Amen!"
Praise the Lord!
37Then David placed Asaph and his relatives, together with Obed-edom and sixty-eight of his relatives, to minister there continually before the chest containing the Lord’s covenant, following the routines required on each day. 38Obed-edom, Jeduthun’s son, and Hosah served as gatekeepers. 39David also placed the priest Zadok and his other priestly relatives at the Lord’s dwelling at the shrine in Gibeon. 40They were to offer continually, both morning and evening, entirely burned offerings to the Lord on the altar for entirely burned offerings, following the written requirements in the Lord’s Instruction, which he had given Israel. 41With them were Heman and Jeduthun and the rest of those chosen by name to give thanks to the Lord, because his faithful love lasts forever. 42With them were also#LXX; MT adds Heman and Jeduthun. the trumpets and the cymbals for the musicians and the instruments for God’s songs. Jeduthun’s family was at the gate. 43Then all of the people left for their homes. And David returned to bless his household.