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The Ark Placed in the Tent

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They brought in the ark of God, and set it inside the tent that David had pitched for it; and they offered burnt offerings and offerings of well-being before God. 2When David had finished offering the burnt offerings and the offerings of well-being, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord; 3and he distributed to every person in Israel—man and woman alike—to each a loaf of bread, a portion of meat, and a cake of raisins.

4 He appointed certain of the Levites as ministers before the ark of the Lord, to invoke, to thank, and to praise the Lord, the God of Israel. 5Asaph was the chief, and second to him Zechariah, Jeiel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-edom, and Jeiel, with harps and lyres; Asaph was to sound the cymbals, 6and the priests Benaiah and Jahaziel were to blow trumpets regularly, before the ark of the covenant of God.

David’s Psalm of Thanksgiving

7 Then on that day David first appointed the singing of praises to the Lord by Asaph and his kindred.

 

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O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name,

make known his deeds among the peoples.

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Sing to him, sing praises to him,

tell of all his wonderful works.

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Glory in his holy name;

let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

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Seek the Lord and his strength,

seek his presence continually.

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Remember the wonderful works he has done,

his miracles, and the judgments he uttered,

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O offspring of his servant Israel,

children of Jacob, his chosen ones.

 

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He is the Lord our God;

his judgments are in all the earth.

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Remember his covenant forever,

the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations,

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the covenant that he made with Abraham,

his sworn promise to Isaac,

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which he confirmed to Jacob as a statute,

to Israel as an everlasting covenant,

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saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan

as your portion for an inheritance.”

 

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When they were few in number,

of little account, and strangers in the land,

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wandering from nation to nation,

from one kingdom to another people,

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he allowed no one to oppress them;

he rebuked kings on their account,

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saying, “Do not touch my anointed ones;

do my prophets no harm.”

 

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Sing to the Lord, all the earth.

Tell of his salvation from day to day.

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Declare his glory among the nations,

his marvelous works among all the peoples.

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For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;

he is to be revered above all gods.

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For all the gods of the peoples are idols,

but the Lord made the heavens.

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Honor and majesty are before him;

strength and joy are in his place.

 

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Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,

ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.

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Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;

bring an offering, and come before him.

Worship the Lord in holy splendor;

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tremble before him, all the earth.

The world is firmly established; it shall never be moved.

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Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice,

and let them say among the nations, “The Lord is king!”

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Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;

let the field exult, and everything in it.

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Then shall the trees of the forest sing for joy

before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth.

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O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

for his steadfast love endures forever.

 

35 Say also:

“Save us, O God of our salvation,

and gather and rescue us from among the nations,

that we may give thanks to your holy name,

and glory in your praise.

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Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,

from everlasting to everlasting.”

Then all the people said “Amen!” and praised the Lord.

Regular Worship Maintained

37 David left Asaph and his kinsfolk there before the ark of the covenant of the Lord to minister regularly before the ark as each day required, 38and also Obed-edom and his sixty-eight kinsfolk; while Obed-edom son of Jeduthun and Hosah were to be gatekeepers. 39And he left the priest Zadok and his kindred the priests before the tabernacle of the Lord in the high place that was at Gibeon, 40to offer burnt offerings to the Lord on the altar of burnt offering regularly, morning and evening, according to all that is written in the law of the Lord that he commanded Israel. 41With them were Heman and Jeduthun, and the rest of those chosen and expressly named to render thanks to the Lord, for his steadfast love endures forever. 42Heman and Jeduthun had with them trumpets and cymbals for the music, and instruments for sacred song. The sons of Jeduthun were appointed to the gate.

43 Then all the people departed to their homes, and David went home to bless his household.


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Verses 1–6

Though God's word and ordinances may be clouded and eclipsed for a time, they shall shine out of obscurity. This was but a tent, a humble dwelling, yet this was the tabernacle which David, in his psalms, often speaks of with so much affection. David showed himself generous to his subjects, as he had found God gracious to him. Those whose hearts are enlarged with holy joy, should show it by being open-handed.

Verses 7–36

Let God be glorified in our praises. Let others be edified and taught, that strangers to him may be led to adore him. Let us ourselves triumph and trust in God. Those that give glory to God's name are allowed to glory in it. Let the everlasting covenant be the great matter of our joy his people of old, be remembered by us with thankfulness to him. Show forth from day to day his salvation, his promised salvation by Christ. We have reason to celebrate that from day to day; for we daily receive the benefit, and it is a subject that can never be exhausted. In the midst of praises, we must not forget to pray for the servants of God in distress.

Verses 37–43

The worship of God ought to be the work of every day. David put it into order. At Jerusalem, where the ark was, Asaph and his brethren were to minister before the ark continually, with songs of praise. No sacrifices were offered there, nor incense burnt, because the altars were not there; but David's prayers were directed as incense, and the lifting up of his hands as the evening sacrifice. So early did spiritual worship take place of ceremonial. Yet the ceremonial worship, being of Divine institution, must by no means be omitted; therefore at Gibeon, at the altars, the priests attended; for their work was to sacrifice and burn incense; and that they did continually, morning and evening, according to the law of Moses. As the ceremonies were types of the mediation of Christ, the observance of them was of great consequence. The attendance of his appointed ministers is right in itself, and encourages the people.




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