They brought the ark of God and set it inside the tent that David had pitched1 for it, and they presented burnt offerings and fellowship offeringsa before God.
After David had finished sacrificing the burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, he blessed2 the people in the name of the LORD.
Then he gave a loaf of bread, a cake of dates and a cake of raisins3 to each Israelite man and woman.
He appointed some of the Levites to minister4 before the ark of the LORD, to make petition, to give thanks, and to praise the LORD, the God of Israel:
Asaph was the chief, Zechariah second, then Jeiel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-Edom and Jeiel. They were to play the lyres and harps, Asaph was to sound the cymbals,
and Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests were to blow the trumpets regularly before the ark of the covenant of God.
That day David first committed to Asaph and his associates this psalm5 of thanks to the LORD:
Give thanks6 to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations7 what he has done.
Sing to him, sing praise8 to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.
Glory in his holy name;9 let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.
Look to the LORD and his strength; seek10 his face always.
Remember11 the wonders12 he has done, his miracles,13 and the judgments he pronounced,
O descendants of Israel his servant, O sons of Jacob, his chosen ones.
He is the LORD our God; his judgments14 are in all the earth.
He remembersb15 his covenant forever, the word he commanded, for a thousand generations,
the covenant16 he made with Abraham, the oath he swore to Isaac.
He confirmed it to Jacob17 as a decree, to Israel as an everlasting covenant:
"To you I will give the land of Canaan18 as the portion you will inherit."
When they were but few in number,19 few indeed, and strangers in it,
theyc wandered20 from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another.
He allowed no man to oppress them; for their sake he rebuked kings:2122
"Do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets22 no harm."
Sing to the LORD, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day.
Declare his glory23 among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise;24 he is to be feared25 above all gods.2626
For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens.2727
Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy in his dwelling place.
Ascribe to the LORD, O families of nations, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength,2829
ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name.29 Bring an offering and come before him; worship the LORD in the splendor of hisd holiness.3030
Tremble31 before him, all the earth! The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.3231
Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;33 let them say among the nations, "The LORD reigns!34"
Let the sea resound, and all that is in it;35 let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them!
Then the trees36 of the forest will sing, they will sing for joy before the LORD, for he comes to judge37 the earth.
Give thanks38 to the LORD, for he is good;39 his love endures forever.4035
Cry out, "Save us, O God our Savior;41 gather us and deliver us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name, that we may glory in your praise."
Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel,42 from everlasting to everlasting. Then all the people said "Amen" and "Praise the LORD."