16 1They brought the Chest of God and placed it right in the center of the tent that David had pitched for it; then they worshiped by presenting burnt offerings and peace offerings to God. 2When David had completed the offerings of worship, he blessed the people in the name of God. 3Then he passed around to every one there, men and women alike, a loaf of bread, a slice of barbecue, and a raisin cake. 4Then David assigned some of the Levites to the Chest of God to lead worship—to intercede, give thanks, and praise the God of Israel. 5Asaph was in charge; under him were Zechariah, Jeiel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed–Edom, and Jeiel, who played the musical instruments. Asaph was on percussion. 6The priests Benaiah and Jahaziel blew the trumpets before the Chest of the Covenant of God at set times through the day. 7That was the day that David inaugurated regular worship of praise to God, led by Asaph and his company. 8Thank God! Call out his Name! Tell the whole world who he is and what he’s done! 9Sing to him! Play songs for him! Broadcast all his wonders! 10Revel in his holy Name, God–seekers, be jubilant! 11Study God and his strength, seek his presence day and night; 12Remember all the wonders he performed, the miracles and judgments that came out of his mouth. 13Seed of Israel his servant! Children of Jacob, his first choice! 14He is God, our God; wherever you go you come on his judgments and decisions. 15He keeps his commitments across thousands of generations, the covenant he commanded, 16The same one he made with Abraham, the very one he swore to Isaac; 17He posted it in big block letters to Jacob, this eternal covenant with Israel: 18“I give you the land of Canaan, this is your inheritance; 19Even though you’re not much to look at, a few straggling strangers.” 20They wandered from country to country, camped out in one kingdom after another; 21But he didn’t let anyone push them around, he stood up for them against bully–kings: 22“Don’t you dare touch my anointed ones, don’t lay a hand on my prophets.” 23Sing to God, everyone and everything! Get out his salvation news every day! 24Publish his glory among the godless nations, his wonders to all races and religions. 25And why? Because God is great—well worth praising! No god or goddess comes close in honor. 26All the popular gods are stuff and nonsense, but God made the cosmos! 27Splendor and majesty flow out of him, strength and joy fill his place. 28Shout Bravo! to God, families of the peoples, in awe of the Glory, in awe of the Strength: Bravo! 29Shout Bravo! to his famous Name, lift high an offering and enter his presence! Stand resplendent in his robes of holiness! 30God is serious business, take him seriously; he’s put the earth in place and it’s not moving. 31So let heaven rejoice, let earth be jubilant, and pass the word among the nations, “God reigns!” 32Let Ocean, all teeming with life, bellow, let Field and all its creatures shake the rafters; 33Then the trees in the forest will add their applause to all who are pleased and present before God —he’s on his way to set things right! 34Give thanks to God—he is good and his love never quits. 35Say, “Save us, Savior God, round us up and get us out of these godless places, So we can give thanks to your holy Name, and bask in your life of praise.” 36Blessed be God, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Then everybody said, “Yes! Amen!” and “Praise God!” 37David left Asaph and his coworkers with the Chest of the Covenant of God and in charge of the work of worship; they were responsible for the needs of worship around the clock. 38He also assigned Obed–Edom and his sixty–eight relatives to help them. Obed–Edom son of Jeduthun and Hosah were in charge of the security guards. 39The priest Zadok and his family of priests were assigned to the Tent of God at the sacred mound at Gibeon 40to make sure that the services of morning and evening worship were conducted daily, complete with Whole–Burnt–Offerings offered on the Altar of Burnt Offering, as ordered in the Law of God, which was the norm for Israel. 41With them were Heman, Jeduthun, and others specifically named, with the job description: “Give thanks to God, for his love never quits!” 42Heman and Jeduthun were also well equipped with trumpets, cymbals, and other instruments for accompanying sacred songs. The sons of Jeduthun formed the security guard. 43Arrangements completed, the people all left for home. And David went home to bless his family.
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