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FRAMEWORKS: 1 Chronicles 16: Celebrating before the ark in Jerusalem


[Introductory Notes: In stark contrast to the almost casual way they had sought to bring the ark to Jerusalem previously, and the ark having now been brought to Jerusalem in a right manner, David now does everything he can to ensure that honour is given to the Lord, both before the ark in the tent in Jerusalem, and in the Tabernacle still in Gibeon. Everything in this chapter speaks of order and correctness.]



v.1-6 David's celebrations at bringing the ark to Jerusalem


v.1 Establishing the ark in Jerusalem they worship the Lord with offerings


v.1  They brought the ark of God and set it inside the tent that David had pitched for it, and they presented burnt offerings and fellowship offerings before God.


v.2 David then blesses the people


v.2  After David had finished sacrificing the burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord .


v.3 He makes a food gift for every person

v.3  Then he gave a loaf of bread, a cake of dates and a cake of raisins to each Israelite man and woman.


v.4-6 He establishes musicians to play before the ark [the Presence of God]


v.4  He appointed some of the Levites to minister before the ark of the Lord , to extol, thank, and praise the Lord , the God of Israel:

v.5  Asaph was the chief, and next to him in rank were Zechariah, then Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-Edom and Jeiel. They were to play the lyres and harps, Asaph was to sound the cymbals,

v.6  and Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests were to blow the trumpets regularly before the ark of the covenant of God.


v.7-37 David gives them a psalm to use to praise the Lord


v.7  That day David first appointed Asaph and his associates to give praise to the Lord in this manner:

v.8  Give praise to the Lord , proclaim his name;
     make known among the nations what he has done.
v.9  Sing to him, sing praise to him;
     tell of all his wonderful acts.
v.10  Glory in his holy name;
     let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
v.11  Look to the Lord and his strength;
     seek his face always.

v.12  Remember the wonders he has done,
     his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,
v.13  you his servants, the descendants of Israel,
     his chosen ones, the children of Jacob.
v.14  He is the Lord our God;
     his judgments are in all the earth.

v.15  He remembers his covenant for ever,
     the promise he made, for a thousand generations,
v.16  the covenant he made with Abraham,
     the oath he swore to Isaac.
v.17  He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree,
     to Israel as an everlasting covenant:
v.18  ‘To you I will give the land of Canaan
     as the portion you will inherit.'

v.19  When they were but few in number,
     few indeed, and strangers in it,
v.20  they wandered from nation to nation,
     from one kingdom to another.
v.21  He allowed no one to oppress them;
     for their sake he rebuked kings:
v.22  ‘Do not touch my anointed ones;
     do my prophets no harm.'

v.23  Sing to the Lord , all the earth;
     proclaim his salvation day after day.
v.24  Declare his glory among the nations,
     his marvellous deeds among all peoples.

v.25  For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
     he is to be feared above all gods.
v.26  For all the gods of the nations are idols,
     but the Lord made the heavens.
v.27  Splendour and majesty are before him;
     strength and joy are in his dwelling-place.

v.28  Ascribe to the Lord , all you families of nations,
     ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
v.29  Ascribe to the Lord the glory due to his name;
     bring an offering and come before him.
Worship the Lord in the splendour of his holiness.
v.30  Tremble before him, all the earth!
     The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.

v.31  Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
     let them say among the nations, ‘The Lord reigns!'
v.32  Let the sea resound, and all that is in it;
     let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them!
v.33  Let the trees of the forest sing,
     let them sing for joy before the Lord ,
     for he comes to judge the earth.

v.34  Give thanks to the Lord , for he is good;
     his love endures for ever.
v.35  Cry out, ‘Save us, God our Saviour;
     gather us and deliver us from the nations,
that we may give thanks to your holy name,
     and glory in your praise.'
v.36  Praise be to the Lord , the God of Israel,
     from everlasting to everlasting.

Then all the people said ‘Amen' and ‘Praise the Lord .'


v.37-43 David establishes an ongoing presence to serve before the ark in Jerusalem AND at the Tabernacle in Gibeon


v.37  David left Asaph and his associates before the ark of the covenant of the Lord to minister there regularly, according to each day's requirements.

v.38  He also left Obed-Edom and his sixty-eight associates to minister with them. Obed-Edom son of Jeduthun, and also Hosah, were gatekeepers.

v.39  David left Zadok the priest and his fellow priests before the tabernacle of the Lord at the high place in Gibeon

v.40  to present burnt offerings to the Lord on the altar of burnt offering regularly, morning and evening, in accordance with everything written in the Law of the Lord , which he had given Israel.

v.41  With them were Heman and Jeduthun and the rest of those chosen and designated by name to give thanks to the Lord , ‘for his love endures for ever.'

v.42  Heman and Jeduthun were responsible for the sounding of the trumpets and cymbals and for the playing of the other instruments for sacred song. The sons of Jeduthun were stationed at the gate.

v.43  Then all the people left, each for their own home, and David returned home to bless his family.



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