16 1 And they brought in the ark of God and placed it inside the tent which David had pitched for it, and they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before God . 2 When David had finished offering the burnt offering and the peace offerings , he blessed the people in the name of the Lord . 3 He distributed to everyone of Israel , both man and woman , to everyone a loaf of bread and a portion of meat and a raisin cake . 4 He appointed some of the Levites as ministers before the ark of the Lord , even to celebrate and to thank and praise the Lord God of Israel : 5 Asaph the chief , and second to him Zechariah , then Jeiel , Shemiramoth , Jehiel , Mattithiah , Eliab , Benaiah , Obed-edom and Jeiel , with musical instruments , harps , lyres ; also Asaph played loud-sounding cymbals , 6 and Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests blew trumpets continually before the ark of the covenant of God .
David's Psalm of Thanksgiving
7 Then on that day David first assigned Asaph and his relatives to give thanks to the Lord . 8 Oh give thanks to the Lord , call upon His name ; Make known His deeds among the peoples . 9 Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; Speak of all His wonders . 10 Glory in His holy name ; Let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad . 11 Seek the Lord and His strength ; Seek His face continually . 12 Remember His wonderful deeds which He has done , His marvels and the judgments from His mouth , 13 O seed of Israel His servant , Sons of Jacob , His chosen ones ! 14 He is the Lord our God ; His judgments are in all the earth . 15 Remember His covenant forever , The word which He commanded to a thousand generations , 16 The covenant which He made with Abraham , And His oath to Isaac . 17 He also confirmed it to Jacob for a statute , To Israel as an everlasting covenant , 18 Saying , " To you I will give the land of Canaan , As the portion of your inheritance ." 19 When they were only a few in number , Very few , and strangers in it, 20 And they wandered about from nation to nation , And from one kingdom to another people , 21 He permitted no man to oppress them, And He reproved kings for their sakes , saying, 22 "Do not touch My anointed ones , And do My prophets no harm ." 23 Sing to the Lord , all the earth ; Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day . 24 Tell of His glory among the nations , His wonderful deeds among all the peoples . 25 For great is the Lord , and greatly to be praised ; He also is to be feared above all gods . 26 For all the gods of the peoples are idols , But the Lord made the heavens . 27 Splendor and majesty are before Him, Strength and joy are in His place . 28 Ascribe to the Lord , O families of the peoples , Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength . 29 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name ; Bring an offering , and come before Him; Worship the Lord in holy array . 30 Tremble before e Him, all the earth ; Indeed , the world is firmly established , it will not be moved . 31 Let the heavens be glad , and let the earth rejoice ; And let them say among the nations , " The Lord reigns ." 32 Let the sea roar , and all it contains ; Let the field exult , and all that is in it. 33 Then the trees of the forest will sing for joy before e the Lord ; For He is coming to judge the earth . 34 O give thanks to the Lord , for He is good ; For His lovingkindness is everlasting . 35 Then say , "Save us, O God of our salvation , And gather us and deliver us from the nations , To give thanks to Your holy name , And glory in Your praise ." 36 Blessed be the Lord , the God of Israel , From everlasting even to everlasting . Then all the people said , "Amen ," and praised the Lord .
The Levites Appointed for the Ark
37 So he left Asaph and his relatives there before the ark of the covenant of the Lord to minister before the ark continually , as every day's work required ; 38 and Obed-edom with his 68 e relatives ; Obed-edom , also the son of Jeduthun , and Hosah as gatekeepers . 39 He left Zadok the priest and his relatives the priests before the tabernacle of the Lord in the high place which was at Gibeon , 40 to offer burnt offerings to the Lord on the altar of burnt offering continually morning and evening , even according to all that is written in the law of the Lord , which He commanded Israel . 41 With them were Heman and Jeduthun , and the rest who were chosen , who were designated by name , to give thanks to the Lord , because His lovingkindness is everlasting . 42 And with them were Heman and Jeduthun with trumpets and cymbals for those who should sound aloud, and with instruments for the songs of God , and the sons of Jeduthun for the gate . 43 Then all the people departed each to his house , and David returned to bless his household .