1 They brought the Ark of God and placed it inside the special tent David had prepared for it. And they presented burnt offerings and peace offerings to God. 2 When he had finished his sacrifices, David blessed the people in the name of the Lord . 3 Then he gave to every man and woman in all Israel a loaf of bread, a cake of dates, 1 and a cake of raisins.
David appointed the following Levites to lead the people in worship before the Ark of the Lord - to invoke his blessings, to give thanks, and to praise the Lord , the God of Israel.
Asaph, the leader of this group, sounded the cymbals. Second to him was Zechariah, followed by Jeiel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-edom, and Jeiel. They played the harps and lyres.
The priests, Benaiah and Jahaziel, played the trumpets regularly before the Ark of God’s Covenant.
On that day David gave to Asaph and his fellow Levites this song of thanksgiving to the Lord :