1The Levites brought the Box of the Agreement and put it inside the tent David had set up for it. Then they offered burnt offerings and fellowship offerings to God. 2After David had finished giving the burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, he used the Lord’s name to bless the people. 3Then he gave a loaf of bread, some dates, and raisins to every Israelite man and woman. 4Then David chose some of the Levites to serve before the Box of the Agreement. Those Levites had the job of celebrating and giving thanks and praise to the Lord, the God of Israel. 5Asaph was the leader ˻of the first group˼. Asaph’s group played the cymbals. Zechariah was the ˻leader of the˼ second ˻group˼. The other Levites were: Uzziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed Edom, and Jeiel. These men played the lyres and harps. 6Benaiah and Jahaziel were the priests that always blew the trumpets before the Box of the Agreement. 7This was when David first gave Asaph and his brothers the job of singing praises to the Lord. 8Praise the Lord. Call on his name. Tell people about the great things the Lord has done. 9Sing to the Lord. Sing praises to the Lord. Tell about all his wonderful works. 10Be proud of the Lord’s holy name. All you people coming to the Lord, be happy! 11Look to the Lord and his strength. Always go to him for help. 12Remember the wonderful things that the Lord has done. Remember his decisions and the powerful things he has done. 13The people of Israel are the Lord’s servants. The descendants of Jacob, are the Lord’s chosen people. 14The Lord is our God. His power is everywhere. 15Remember his Agreement forever. He gave those commandments for a thousand generations. 16Remember the Agreement that the Lord made with Abraham. Remember his promise to Isaac. 17The Lord made it a law for Jacob. It is the Agreement with Israel that continues forever. 18The Lord said to Israel: ”I will give the land of Canaan to you. The promised land will be yours.” 19There were only a few people. A few strangers in a foreign land. 20They went from one nation to another. They went from one kingdom to another. 21But the Lord did not let anyone hurt them. The Lord warned kings not to hurt them. 22The Lord told those kings, ”Don’t hurt my chosen people. Don’t hurt my prophets.” 23Sing to the Lord, all the earth. Each day you must tell the good news about the Lord saving us. 24Tell all nations about the Lord’s glory. Tell everyone how wonderful he is. 25The Lord is great, and he should be praised. The Lord is more awesome than all the other gods. 26Why? Because all the gods of the world are only worthless statues. But the Lord made the skies! 27The Lord has glory and honor. The Lord is like a bright, shining light. 28Families and people, praise the Lord’s glory and power! 29Praise the Lord’s glory. Show honor to his name. Bring your offering to the Lord. Worship the Lord and his holy beauty. 30The whole earth should shake with fear in front of the Lord! But he made the earth strong; the world won’t move. 31Let the earth and skies be happy. Let people everywhere say, ”The Lord rules!” 32Let the sea and everything in it shout! Let the fields and everything in them show their joy! 33The trees of the forest will sing with joy in front of the Lord! Why? Because the Lord is coming. He is coming to judge the world. 34Oh, thank the Lord—he is good. The Lord’s love continues forever. 35Say to the Lord, ”Save us, God our Savior. Gather us together, and save us from the other nations. Then we can praise your holy name. Then we can praise you with our songs.” 36May the Lord God of Israel be praised forever as he has been praised forever! All the people praised the Lord and said “Amen!” 37Then David left Asaph and his brothers there in front of the Box of the Agreement. David left them there to serve in front of it every day. 38David also left Obed Edom and 68 other Levites to serve with Asaph and his brothers. Obed Edom and Hosah were guards. Obed Edom was Jeduthun’s son. 39David left Zadok the priest and the other priests that served with him in front of the Lord’s Tent at the high place in Gibeon. 40Every morning and evening Zadok and the other priests offered burnt offerings on the altar of burnt offerings. They did this to follow the rules written in the Law of the Lord which the Lord had given Israel. 41Heman and Jeduthun and all the other Levites were chosen by name to sing the songs of praise such as, Praise the Lord because his love continues forever. 42Heman and Jeduthun were with them. They had the job of blowing the trumpets and playing cymbals. They also had the job of playing other musical instruments when songs were sung to God. Jeduthun’s sons guarded the gates. 43˻After the celebration,˼ all the people left. Each person went to his own home. And David also went home to bless his family.
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