The ark of God was brought into Jerusalem. It was put in the tent David had set up for it. The priests brought burnt offerings and friendship offerings to God.
After David finished sacrificing those offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord.
He gave to each Israelite man and woman a loaf of bread. He also gave each one a date cake and a raisin cake.
He appointed some of the Levites to serve in front of the ark of the Lord. David wanted them to pray, give thanks and praise the Lord. He is the God of Israel.
Asaph was the leader of those Levites. Zechariah was next. Then came Jeiel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-Edom and Jeiel. They played the lyres and harps. Asaph played the cymbals.
The priests Benaiah and Jahaziel blew the trumpets. They blew them at regular times in front of the ark of the covenant of God.
That day was the first time David gave Asaph and his helpers this psalm of thanks to the Lord.
Give thanks to the Lord. Worship him. Tell the nations what he has done.
Sing to him. Sing praise to him. Tell about all of the wonderful things he has done.
Praise him, because his name is holy. Let the hearts of those who trust in the LORD be glad.
Look to the LORD and to his strength. Always look to him.
Remember the wonderful things he has done. Remember his miracles and how he judged our enemies.
Remember what he has done, you children of his servant Israel. Remember it, you people of Jacob. You are God's chosen ones.
He is the LORD our God. He judges the whole earth.
He will keep his covenant forever. He will keep his promise for all time to come.
He will keep the covenant he made with Abraham. He will keep the oath he took when he made his promise to Isaac.
He made it stand as a law for Jacob. He made it stand as a covenant for Israel. It will last forever.
He said, "I will give you the land of Canaan. It will belong to you."
At first there weren't very many of God's people. There were only a few. And they were strangers in the land.
They wandered from nation to nation. They wandered from one kingdom to another.
But God didn't allow anyone to beat them down. To keep them safe, he gave a command to kings.
He said to them, "Do not touch my anointed ones. Do not harm my prophets."
All you people of the earth, sing to the Lord. Day after day tell about how he saves us.
Tell the nations about his glory. Tell all people about the wonderful things he has done.
The LORD is great. He is really worthy of praise. People should have respect for him as the greatest God of all.
All of the gods of the nations are like their statues. They can't do anything. But the LORD made the heavens.
Glory and majesty are all around him. Strength and joy can be seen in the place where he lives.
Praise the Lord, all you nations. Praise the LORD for his glory and strength.
Praise the LORD for the glory that belongs to him. Bring an offering and come to him. Worship the LORD because of his beauty and holiness.
All you people of the earth, tremble when you are with him. The world is firmly set in place. It can't be moved.
Let the heavens be filled with joy. Let the earth be glad. Let them say among the nations, "The LORD rules!"
Let the ocean and everything in it roar. Let the fields and everything in them be glad.
Then the trees in the forest will sing with joy. They will sing to the Lord. He will judge the people of the world.
Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good. His faithful love continues forever.
Cry out, "Save us, God our Savior. Save us. Bring us back from among the nations. Then we will give thanks to you, because your name is holy. We will celebrate by praising you."
Give praise to the Lord, the God of Israel, for ever and ever. Then all of the people said, "Amen!" They also said, "Praise the Lord."
David left Asaph and his helpers to serve in front of the ark of the covenant of the Lord. They served there at regular times. They did it as they were required to do each day.
David also left Obed-Edom and his 68 helpers to serve with them. Obed-Edom and Hosah guarded the gates. Obed-Edom was the son of Jeduthun.
David left the priest Zadok and some other priests in front of the holy tent of the Lord. It was at the high place in Gibeon.
David left them there to sacrifice burnt offerings to the LORD on the altar every morning and evening. They did it in keeping with everything that is written in the Law of the Lord. That's the Law he had given to Israel.
Heman and Jeduthun were with the priests. So were the rest of those who had been chosen by name and appointed to serve. They had been chosen to give thanks to the Lord, "because his faithful love continues forever."
It was the duty of Heman and Jeduthun to blow the trumpets. They also had the duty of playing the cymbals and other instruments for the sacred songs. The sons of Jeduthun were stationed at one of the gates.
All of the people left. Everyone went home. And David returned home to bless his family.
David settled down in his palace. Then he spoke to the prophet Nathan. He said, "Here I am, living in a palace that has beautiful cedar walls. But the ark of the covenant of the LORD is under a tent."
Nathan replied to David, "Do what you want to. God is with you."
That night a message came to Nathan from God. He said,
"Go and speak to my servant David. Tell him, 'The LORD says, "You are not the one who will build me a house to live in.
I have not lived in a house from the day I brought Israel up out of Egypt until now. I have moved my tent from one place to another. I have moved my home from one place to another.
I have moved from place to place with all of the people of Israel. I commanded their leaders to be shepherds over them. I never asked any of those leaders, 'Why haven't you built me a house that has beautiful cedar walls?' " '
"So tell my servant David, 'The LORD who rules over all says, "I took you away from the grasslands. That is where you were taking care of your father's sheep and goats. I made you ruler over my people Israel.
I have been with you everywhere you have gone. I cut off all of your enemies when you were attacking them. Now I will make you famous. Your name will be just as respected as the names of the most important people on earth.
" ' "I will provide a place where my people Israel can live. I will plant them in the land. Then they will have a home of their own. They will not be bothered anymore. Sinful people will no longer crush them, as they did at first.
That is what your enemies have done ever since I appointed leaders over my people Israel. But I will bring all of them under your control. " ' "I tell you that I will build a royal house for your family.
Some day your life will come to an end. You will join the members of your family who have already died. Then I will give you one of your own sons to become the next king after you. I will make his kingdom secure.
" ' "He is the one who will build me a house. I will set up his throne. It will last forever.
I will be his father. And he will be my son. I took my love away from the man who ruled before you. But I will never take my love away from your son.
I will place him over my house and my kingdom forever. His throne will last forever." ' "
Nathan reported to David all of the words that the LORD had spoken to him.
Then King David went into the holy tent. He sat down in front of the Lord. He said, "LORD God, who am I? My family isn't important. So why have you brought me this far?
I would have thought that you had already done more than enough for me. But now, God, you have spoken about what is going to happen to my royal house in days to come. LORD God, you have treated me as if I were the most honored man of all.
"What more can I say to you for honoring me? You know all about me.
Lord, you have done a wonderful thing. You have given me many great promises. All of them are for my good. They are exactly what you wanted to give me.
"Lord, there isn't anyone like you. There isn't any God but you. We have heard about it with our own ears.
"Who is like your people Israel? God, we are the one nation on earth you have saved. You have set us free for yourself. Your name has become famous. You have done great and wonderful things. You have driven nations out to make room for your people. You saved us when you set us free from Egypt. No other god has done any of those things for its people.
You made Israel your very own people forever. Lord, you have become our God.
"And now, Lord, let the promise you have made to me and my royal house stand forever. Do exactly as you promised.
When your promise comes true, your name will be honored forever. People will say, 'The LORD rules over all. He is the God over Israel. He is Israel's God.' My royal house will be made secure in your sight.
"My God, you have shown me that you will build me a royal house. So I can pray to you boldly.
Lord, you are God! You have promised many good things to me.
You have been pleased to bless my royal house. Now it will continue forever in your sight. Lord, you have blessed it. And it will be blessed forever."