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16:1 So they brought the ark of God, and set it in the midst of the tent that David had pitched for it: and they offered burnt sacrifices and peace offerings before God.
16:2 And when David had made an end of offering the burnt offerings and the peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD.
16:3 And he dealt to every one of Israel, both man and woman, to every one a loaf of bread, and a good piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine.
16:4 And he appointed certain of the Levites to minister before the ark of the LORD, and to record, and to thank and praise the LORD God of Israel: 16:5 Asaph the chief, and next to him Zechariah, Jeiel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and Mattithiah, and Eliab, and Benaiah, and Obededom: and Jeiel with psalteries and with harps; but Asaph made a sound with cymbals; 16:6 Benaiah also and Jahaziel the priests with trumpets continually before the ark of the covenant of God.
16:7 Then on that day David delivered first this psalm to thank the LORD into the hand of Asaph and his brethren.
16:8 Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.
16:9 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works.
16:10 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.
16:11 Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.
16:12 Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth; 16:13 O ye seed of Israel his servant, ye children of Jacob, his chosen ones.
16:14 He is the LORD our God; his judgments are in all the earth.
16:15 Be ye mindful always of his covenant; the word which he commanded to a thousand generations; 16:16 Even of the covenant which he made with Abraham, and of his oath unto Isaac; 16:17 And hath confirmed the same to Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant, 16:18 Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance; 16:19 When ye were but few, even a few, and strangers in it.
16:20 And when they went from nation to nation, and from one kingdom to another people; 16:21 He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes, 16:22 Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.
16:23 Sing unto the LORD, all the earth; shew forth from day to day his salvation.
16:24 Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvellous works among all nations.
16:25 For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised: he also is to be feared above all gods.
16:26 For all the gods of the people are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.
16:27 Glory and honour are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place.
16:28 Give unto the LORD, ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength.
16:29 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
16:30 Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved.
16:31 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The LORD reigneth.
16:32 Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof: let the fields rejoice, and all that is therein.
16:33 Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the LORD, because he cometh to judge the earth.
16:34 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.
16:35 And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, and glory in thy praise.
16:36 Blessed be the LORD God of Israel for ever and ever. And all the people said, Amen, and praised the LORD.
16:37 So he left there before the ark of the covenant of the LORD Asaph and his brethren, to minister before the ark continually, as every day's work required: 16:38 And Obededom with their brethren, threescore and eight; Obededom also the son of Jeduthun and Hosah to be porters: 16:39 And Zadok the priest, and his brethren the priests, before the tabernacle of the LORD in the high place that was at Gibeon, 16:40 To offer burnt offerings unto the LORD upon the altar of the burnt offering continually morning and evening, and to do according to all that is written in the law of the LORD, which he commanded Israel; 16:41 And with them Heman and Jeduthun, and the rest that were chosen, who were expressed by name, to give thanks to the LORD, because his mercy endureth for ever; 16:42 And with them Heman and Jeduthun with trumpets and cymbals for those that should make a sound, and with musical instruments of God. And the sons of Jeduthun were porters.
16:43 And all the people departed every man to his house: and David returned to bless his house.

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Everything King James Bible:1 Chronicles
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Book: 1 Chronicles
Chapter: 16

The solemnity with which the Ark was fixed. (1-6) David's
psalm of praise. (7-36) Setting in order the Worship of God.

1-6 Though God's Word and ordinances may be clouded and
eclipsed for a time, they shall shine out of obscurity. This was
but a Tent, a humble dwelling, yet this was the Tabernacle which
David, in his Psalms, often speaks of with So much Affection.
David showed himself generous to his subjects, as he had found
God gracious to him. Those whose hearts are enlarged with holy
joy, should show it By being open-handed.

7-36 Let God be glorified in our praises. Let others be edified
and taught, that strangers to him may be led to Adore him. Let
us ourselves triumph and trust in God. Those that give Glory to
God's name are allowed to Glory in it. Let the Everlasting
Covenant be the great matter of our joy and praise. Be ye mindful
of his Covenant. Let God's former mercies to his people of old,
be remembered By us with thankfulness to him. Show forth from Day
to Day his Salvation, his promised Salvation By Christ. We have
reason to celebrate that from Day to Day; for we daily receive
the benefit, and it is a subject that can never be exhausted. In
the midst of praises, we must not forget to pray for the
servants of God in distress.

37-43 The Worship of God ought to be the work of every Day.
David Put it into order. At Jerusalem, where the Ark was, Asaph
and his brethren were to Minister before the Ark continually,
with Songs of praise. No sacrifices were offered there, nor
Incense burnt, because the altars were not there; but David's
prayers were directed as Incense, and the lifting up of his
hands as the Evening Sacrifice. So early did spiritual Worship
take place of ceremonial. Yet the ceremonial Worship, being of
Divine institution, must By No means be omitted; therefore at
Gibeon, at the altars, the priests attended; for their work was
to Sacrifice and burn Incense; and that they did continually,
morning and Evening, according to the Law of Moses. As the
ceremonies were types of the mediation of Christ, the observance
of them was of great consequence. The attendance of his
appointed ministers is right in itself, and encourages the

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