Psalms 133, 106-107
When Brothers Dwell in Unity
133 A Song of Ascents. Of David.
1    Behold, how good and pleasant it is
when brothers dwell in unity!
2    It is like the precious oil on the head,
running down on the beard,
       on the beard of Aaron,
running down on the collar of his robes!
3    It is like the dew of Hermon,
which falls on the mountains of Zion!
       For there the Lord has commanded the blessing,
life forevermore. [1]
Give Thanks to the Lord, for He Is Good
106 Praise the Lord!
       Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever!
2    Who can utter the mighty deeds of the Lord,
or declare all his praise?
3    Blessed are they who observe justice,
who do righteousness at all times!
4    Remember me, O Lord, when you show favor to your people;
help me when you save them,
5    that I may look upon the prosperity of your chosen ones,
that I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation,
that I may glory with your inheritance.
6    Both we and our fathers have sinned;
we have committed iniquity; we have done wickedness.
7    Our fathers, when they were in Egypt,
did not consider your wondrous works;
       they did not remember the abundance of your steadfast love,
but rebelled by the sea, at the Red Sea.
8    Yet he saved them for his name’s sake,
that he might make known his mighty power.
9    He rebuked the Red Sea, and it became dry,
and he led them through the deep as through a desert.
10    So he saved them from the hand of the foe
and redeemed them from the power of the enemy.
11    And the waters covered their adversaries;
not one of them was left.
12    Then they believed his words;
they sang his praise.
13    But they soon forgot his works;
they did not wait for his counsel.
14    But they had a wanton craving in the wilderness,
and put God to the test in the desert;
15    he gave them what they asked,
but sent a wasting disease among them.
16    When men in the camp were jealous of Moses
and Aaron, the holy one of the Lord,
17    the earth opened and swallowed up Dathan,
and covered the company of Abiram.
18    Fire also broke out in their company;
the flame burned up the wicked.
19    They made a calf in Horeb
and worshiped a metal image.
20    They exchanged the glory of God
for the image of an ox that eats grass.
21    They forgot God, their Savior,
who had done great things in Egypt,
22    wondrous works in the land of Ham,
and awesome deeds by the Red Sea.
23    Therefore he said he would destroy them—
had not Moses, his chosen one,
       stood in the breach before him,
to turn away his wrath from destroying them.
24    Then they despised the pleasant land,
having no faith in his promise.
25    They murmured in their tents,
and did not obey the voice of the Lord.
26    Therefore he raised his hand and swore to them
that he would make them fall in the wilderness,
27    and would make their offspring fall among the nations,
scattering them among the lands.
28    Then they yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor,
and ate sacrifices offered to the dead;
29    they provoked the Lord to anger with their deeds,
and a plague broke out among them.
30    Then Phinehas stood up and intervened,
and the plague was stayed.
31    And that was counted to him as righteousness
from generation to generation forever.
32    They angered him at the waters of Meribah,
and it went ill with Moses on their account,
33    for they made his spirit bitter,
and he spoke rashly with his lips.
34    They did not destroy the peoples,
as the Lord commanded them,
35    but they mixed with the nations
and learned to do as they did.
36    They served their idols,
which became a snare to them.
37    They sacrificed their sons
and their daughters to the demons;
38    they poured out innocent blood,
the blood of their sons and daughters,
       whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan,
and the land was polluted with blood.
39    Thus they became unclean by their acts,
and played the whore in their deeds.
40    Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against his people,
and he abhorred his heritage;
41    he gave them into the hand of the nations,
so that those who hated them ruled over them.
42    Their enemies oppressed them,
and they were brought into subjection under their power.
43    Many times he delivered them,
but they were rebellious in their purposes
and were brought low through their iniquity.
44    Nevertheless, he looked upon their distress,
when he heard their cry.
45    For their sake he remembered his covenant,
and relented according to the abundance of his steadfast love.
46    He caused them to be pitied
by all those who held them captive.
47    Save us, O Lord our God,
and gather us from among the nations,
       that we may give thanks to your holy name
and glory in your praise.
48    Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting!
       And let all the people say, “Amen!”
Praise the Lord!
Let the Redeemed of the Lord Say So
107 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever!
2    Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
whom he has redeemed from trouble
3    and gathered in from the lands,
from the east and from the west,
from the north and from the south.
4    Some wandered in desert wastes,
finding no way to a city to dwell in;
5    hungry and thirsty,
their soul fainted within them.
6    Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
7    He led them by a straight way
till they reached a city to dwell in.
8    Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
for his wondrous works to the children of man!
9    For he satisfies the longing soul,
and the hungry soul he fills with good things.
10    Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,
prisoners in affliction and in irons,
11    for they had rebelled against the words of God,
and spurned the counsel of the Most High.
12    So he bowed their hearts down with hard labor;
they fell down, with none to help.
13    Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
14    He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death,
and burst their bonds apart.
15    Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
for his wondrous works to the children of man!
16    For he shatters the doors of bronze
and cuts in two the bars of iron.
17    Some were fools through their sinful ways,
and because of their iniquities suffered affliction;
18    they loathed any kind of food,
and they drew near to the gates of death.
19    Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
20    He sent out his word and healed them,
and delivered them from their destruction.
21    Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
for his wondrous works to the children of man!
22    And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving,
and tell of his deeds in songs of joy!
23    Some went down to the sea in ships,
doing business on the great waters;
24    they saw the deeds of the Lord,
his wondrous works in the deep.
25    For he commanded and raised the stormy wind,
which lifted up the waves of the sea.
26    They mounted up to heaven; they went down to the depths;
their courage melted away in their evil plight;
27    they reeled and staggered like drunken men
and were at their wits’ end.
28    Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
29    He made the storm be still,
and the waves of the sea were hushed.
30    Then they were glad that the waters were quiet,
and he brought them to their desired haven.
31    Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
for his wondrous works to the children of man!
32    Let them extol him in the congregation of the people,
and praise him in the assembly of the elders.
33    He turns rivers into a desert,
springs of water into thirsty ground,
34    a fruitful land into a salty waste,
because of the evil of its inhabitants.
35    He turns a desert into pools of water,
a parched land into springs of water.
36    And there he lets the hungry dwell,
and they establish a city to live in;
37    they sow fields and plant vineyards
and get a fruitful yield.
38    By his blessing they multiply greatly,
and he does not let their livestock diminish.
39    When they are diminished and brought low
through oppression, evil, and sorrow,
40    he pours contempt on princes
and makes them wander in trackless wastes;
41    but he raises up the needy out of affliction
and makes their families like flocks.
42    The upright see it and are glad,
and all wickedness shuts its mouth.
43    Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things;
let them consider the steadfast love of the Lord. [2]
1 Chronicles 13-16
The Ark Brought from Kiriath-Jearim
13 David consulted with the commanders of thousands and of hundreds, with every leader. 2 And David said to all the assembly of Israel, “If it seems good to you and from the Lord our God, let us send abroad to our brothers who remain in all the lands of Israel, as well as to the priests and Levites in the cities that have pasturelands, that they may be gathered to us. 3 Then let us bring again the ark of our God to us, for we did not seek it in the days of Saul.” 4 All the assembly agreed to do so, for the thing was right in the eyes of all the people.
Uzzah and the Ark
5 So David assembled all Israel from the Nile of Egypt to Lebo-hamath, to bring the ark of God from Kiriath-jearim. 6 And David and all Israel went up to Baalah, that is, to Kiriath-jearim that belongs to Judah, to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the name of the Lord who sits enthroned above the cherubim. 7 And they carried the ark of God on a new cart, from the house of Abinadab, and Uzzah and Ahio were driving the cart. 8 And David and all Israel were celebrating before God with all their might, with song and lyres and harps and tambourines and cymbals and trumpets.
9 And when they came to the threshing floor of Chidon, Uzzah put out his hand to take hold of the ark, for the oxen stumbled. 10 And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah, and he struck him down because he put out his hand to the ark, and he died there before God. 11 And David was angry because the Lord had broken out against Uzzah. And that place is called Perez-uzza to this day. 12 And David was afraid of God that day, and he said, “How can I bring the ark of God home to me?” 13 So David did not take the ark home into the city of David, but took it aside to the house of Obed-edom the Gittite. 14 And the ark of God remained with the household of Obed-edom in his house three months. And the Lord blessed the household of Obed-edom and all that he had.
David’s Wives and Children
14 And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, also masons and carpenters to build a house for him. 2 And David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel, and that his kingdom was highly exalted for the sake of his people Israel.
3 And David took more wives in Jerusalem, and David fathered more sons and daughters. 4 These are the names of the children born to him in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, 5 Ibhar, Elishua, Elpelet, 6 Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia, 7 Elishama, Beeliada and Eliphelet.
Philistines Defeated
8 When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over all Israel, all the Philistines went up to search for David. But David heard of it and went out against them. 9 Now the Philistines had come and made a raid in the Valley of Rephaim. 10 And David inquired of God, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will you give them into my hand?” And the Lord said to him, “Go up, and I will give them into your hand.” 11 And he went up to Baal-perazim, and David struck them down there. And David said, “God has broken through my enemies by my hand, like a bursting flood.” Therefore the name of that place is called Baal-perazim. 12 And they left their gods there, and David gave command, and they were burned.
13 And the Philistines yet again made a raid in the valley. 14 And when David again inquired of God, God said to him, “You shall not go up after them; go around and come against them opposite the balsam trees. 15 And when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then go out to battle, for God has gone out before you to strike down the army of the Philistines.” 16 And David did as God commanded him, and they struck down the Philistine army from Gibeon to Gezer. 17 And the fame of David went out into all lands, and the Lord brought the fear of him upon all nations.
The Ark Brought to Jerusalem
15 David built houses for himself in the city of David. And he prepared a place for the ark of God and pitched a tent for it. 2 Then David said that no one but the Levites may carry the ark of God, for the Lord had chosen them to carry the ark of the Lord and to minister to him forever. 3 And David assembled all Israel at Jerusalem to bring up the ark of the Lord to its place, which he had prepared for it. 4 And David gathered together the sons of Aaron and the Levites: 5 of the sons of Kohath, Uriel the chief, with 120 of his brothers; 6 of the sons of Merari, Asaiah the chief, with 220 of his brothers; 7 of the sons of Gershom, Joel the chief, with 130 of his brothers; 8 of the sons of Elizaphan, Shemaiah the chief, with 200 of his brothers; 9 of the sons of Hebron, Eliel the chief, with 80 of his brothers; 10 of the sons of Uzziel, Amminadab the chief, with 112 of his brothers. 11 Then David summoned the priests Zadok and Abiathar, and the Levites Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah, Eliel, and Amminadab, 12 and said to them, “You are the heads of the fathers’ houses of the Levites. Consecrate yourselves, you and your brothers, so that you may bring up the ark of the Lord, the God of Israel, to the place that I have prepared for it. 13 Because you did not carry it the first time, the Lord our God broke out against us, because we did not seek him according to the rule.” 14 So the priests and the Levites consecrated themselves to bring up the ark of the Lord, the God of Israel. 15 And the Levites carried the ark of God on their shoulders with the poles, as Moses had commanded according to the word of the Lord.
16 David also commanded the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their brothers as the singers who should play loudly on musical instruments, on harps and lyres and cymbals, to raise sounds of joy. 17 So the Levites appointed Heman the son of Joel; and of his brothers Asaph the son of Berechiah; and of the sons of Merari, their brothers, Ethan the son of Kushaiah; 18 and with them their brothers of the second order, Zechariah, Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, and Mikneiah, and the gatekeepers Obed-edom and Jeiel. 19 The singers, Heman, Asaph, and Ethan, were to sound bronze cymbals; 20 Zechariah, Aziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Maaseiah, and Benaiah were to play harps according to Alamoth; 21 but Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed-edom, Jeiel, and Azaziah were to lead with lyres according to the Sheminith. 22 Chenaniah, leader of the Levites in music, should direct the music, for he understood it. 23 Berechiah and Elkanah were to be gatekeepers for the ark. 24 Shebaniah, Joshaphat, Nethanel, Amasai, Zechariah, Benaiah, and Eliezer, the priests, should blow the trumpets before the ark of God. Obed-edom and Jehiah were to be gatekeepers for the ark.
25 So David and the elders of Israel and the commanders of thousands went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord from the house of Obed-edom with rejoicing. 26 And because God helped the Levites who were carrying the ark of the covenant of the Lord, they sacrificed seven bulls and seven rams. 27 David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, as also were all the Levites who were carrying the ark, and the singers and Chenaniah the leader of the music of the singers. And David wore a linen ephod. 28 So all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the Lord with shouting, to the sound of the horn, trumpets, and cymbals, and made loud music on harps and lyres.
29 And as the ark of the covenant of the Lord came to the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David dancing and celebrating, and she despised him in her heart.
The Ark Placed in a Tent
16 And they brought in the ark of God and set it inside the tent that David had pitched for it, and they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before God. 2 And when David had finished offering the burnt offerings and the peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord 3 and distributed to all Israel, both men and women, to each a loaf of bread, a portion of meat, and a cake of raisins.
4 Then he appointed some of the Levites as ministers before the ark of the Lord, to invoke, to thank, and to praise the Lord, the God of Israel. 5 Asaph was the chief, and second to him were Zechariah, Jeiel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-edom, and Jeiel, who were to play harps and lyres; Asaph was to sound the cymbals, 6 and Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests were to blow trumpets regularly before the ark of the covenant of God. 7 Then on that day David first appointed that thanksgiving be sung to the Lord by Asaph and his brothers.
David’s Song of Thanks
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;
tell of all his wondrous works!
10    Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!
11    Seek the Lord and his strength;
seek his presence continually!
12    Remember the wondrous works that he has done,
his miracles and the judgments he uttered,
13    O offspring of Israel his servant,
children 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 that he commanded, for a thousand generations,
16    the covenant that he made with Abraham,
his sworn promise to Isaac,
17    which he confirmed to Jacob as a statute,
to Israel as an everlasting covenant,
18    saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan,
as your portion for an inheritance.”
19    When you were few in number,
of little account, and sojourners in it,
20    wandering from nation to nation,
from one kingdom to another people,
21    he allowed no one to oppress them;
he rebuked kings on their account,
22    saying, “Touch not my anointed ones,
do my prophets no harm!”
23    Sing to the Lord, all the earth!
Tell of his salvation from day to day.
24    Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples!
25    For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
and he is to be feared above all gods.
26    For all the gods of the peoples are worthless 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 the splendor of holiness;
30        tremble before him, all the earth;
yes, the world is established; it shall never 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 that fills it;
let the field exult, and everything in it!
33    Then shall the trees of the forest sing for joy
before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth.
34    Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever!
35 Say also:
       “Save us, O God of our salvation,
and gather and deliver us from among the nations,
       that we may give thanks to your holy name
and glory in your praise.
36    Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting!”
Then all the people said, “Amen!” and praised the Lord.
Worship Before the Ark
37 So David left Asaph and his brothers there before the ark of the covenant of the Lord to minister regularly before the ark as each day required, 38 and also Obed-edom and his sixty-eight brothers, while Obed-edom, the son of Jeduthun, and Hosah were to be gatekeepers. 39 And he left Zadok the priest and his brothers the priests before the tabernacle of the Lord in the high place that was at Gibeon 40 to offer burnt offerings to the Lord on the altar of burnt offering regularly morning and evening, to do all that is written in the Law of the Lord that he commanded Israel. 41 With them were Heman and Jeduthun and the rest of those chosen and expressly named to give thanks to the Lord, for his steadfast love endures forever. 42 Heman and Jeduthun had trumpets and cymbals for the music and instruments for sacred song. The sons of Jeduthun were appointed to the gate.
43 Then all the people departed each to his house, and David went home to bless his household. [3]

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Ps 133:title–3.
[2] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Ps 106:1–107:43.
[3] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), 1 Ch 13:1–16:43.

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