David puts the Ark of the Covenant in a tent. David says a long prayer. Worship before the Ark of the Covenant.
VERSE 1. They brought in God’s ark, and set it in the middle of the tent that David had pitched for it; and they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before God.
VERSE 2. When David had finished offering the burnt offering and the peace offerings, he blessed the people in the LORD’s name.
he blessed the people. What does this mean? How did it happen?
- Did David say some words?
- Did he make some gesture?
And since when does the king bestow a spiritual blessing?
VERSE 3. He gave to everyone of Israel, both man and woman, to everyone a loaf of bread, a portion of meat, and a cake of raisins.
VERSE 4. He appointed some of the Levites to minister before the LORD’s ark, and to commemorate, to thank, and to praise the LORD, the God of Israel:
to thank, and to praise the LORD. David appoints worship leaders.
VERSE 5. Asaph the chief, and second to him Zechariah, then Jeiel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-Edom, and Jeiel, with stringed instruments and with harps; and Asaph with cymbals, sounding aloud;
Asaph the chief. Asaph is in charge of the Ark of the Covenant in its new location.
VERSE 6. with Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests with shofars continually, before the ark of the covenant of God.
shofars. Or “trumpets.”
continually. Either they are continually sounding the shofar. Or they are continually ready to sound the shofar.
They are emblematic of our prayer life. We are called to pray continually.
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VERSE 7. Then on that day David first ordained giving of thanks to the LORD by the hand of Asaph and his brothers.
VERSE 8. Oh give thanks to the LORD. Call on his name. Make what he has done known among the peoples.
This section (verses 8 to 22) parallels Psalm 105:1-15.
VERSE 9. Sing to him. Sing praises to him. Tell of all his marvelous works.
VERSE 10. Glory in his holy name. Let the heart of those who seek the LORD rejoice.
VERSE 11. Seek the LORD and his strength. Seek his face forever more.
VERSE 12. Remember his marvelous works that he has done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth,
offspring. Or “seed.”
VERSE 14. He is the LORD our God. His judgments are in all the earth.
VERSE 15. Remember his covenant forever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations,
VERSE 16. the covenant which he made with Abraham, his oath to Isaac.
VERSE 17. He confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant,
VERSE 18. saying, “I will give you the land of Canaan, The lot of your inheritance,”
VERSE 19. when you were but a few men in number, yes, very few, and foreigners in it.
VERSE 20. They went about from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another people.
VERSE 21. He allowed no man to do them wrong. Yes, he reproved kings for their sakes,
VERSE 22. “Don’t touch my anointed ones! Do my prophets no harm!”
This section (verses 23 to 33) parallels Psalm 96:1b-13a.
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VERSE 25. For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised. He also is to be feared above all gods.
VERSE 26. For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the LORD made the heavens.
VERSE 27. Honor and majesty are before him. Strength and gladness are in his place.
VERSE 28. Ascribe to the LORD, you families of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength!
VERSE 29. Ascribe to the LORD the glory due to his name. Bring an offering, and come before him. Worship the LORD in holy array.
VERSE 30. Tremble before him, all the earth. The world also is established that it can’t be moved.
VERSE 31. Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice! Let them say among the nations, “The LORD reigns!”
VERSE 32. Let the sea roar, and its fullness! Let the field exult, and all that is in it!
VERSE 33. Then the trees of the forest will sing for joy before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth.
VERSE 35. Say, “Save us, God of our salvation! Gather us together and deliver us from the nations, to give thanks to your holy name, to triumph in your praise.”
VERSE 36. Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting even to everlasting. All the people said, “Amen,” and praised the LORD.
VERSE 37. So he left Asaph and his brothers there before the ark of the LORD’s covenant, to minister before the ark continually, as every day’s work required;
VERSE 38. and Obed-Edom with their sixty-eight relatives; Obed-Edom also the son of Jeduthun and Hosah to be doorkeepers;
This verse mentions two different men with the same name:
Obed-Edom. He is a musician and minister of the ark.
Obed-Edom. He is the son of Jeduthun and a gatekeeper.
VERSE 39. and Zadok the priest and his brothers the priests, before the LORD’s tabernacle in the high place that was at Gibeon,
VERSE 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 LORD’s law, which he commanded to Israel;
VERSE 41. and with them Heman and Jeduthun and the rest who were chosen, who were mentioned by name, to give thanks to the LORD, because his loving kindness endures forever;
VERSE 42. and with them Heman and Jeduthun with shofars and cymbals for those that should sound aloud, and with instruments for the songs of God, and the sons of Jeduthun to be at the gate.
shofars. Or “trumpets.”
VERSE 43. All the people departed, each man to his house; and David returned to bless his house.
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