Now, when I say David's tabernacle, I'm not talking about the literal tabernacle. You see the main thing was not the tent as much as it was what King David did to make God's abiding presence welcome on MT Zion, in the city of Jerusalem in Israel. He tasked the Levites, who are a type of the five-fold ministry, with the responsibility or organizing teams of people to offer up continual prayer, praise and worship. By continual I mean 24/7/365 prayer, praise and worship.
Why? Because David and the leaders determined in 1 Chronicles 13:2, that God's abiding presence was essential to their success and survival. Therefore, they sought to make God's presence welcome by recreating the atmosphere of heaven on earth through continual prayer, praise and worship.
God's plan is for His house to be a house of prayer for all nations.
Even them I will bring to My holy mountain, And make them joyful in My house of prayer.
Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices Will be accepted on My altar;
For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.”
The house of prayer is God's vision. I sincerely believe that what David did his tabernacle on MT Zion was the blue print for this house of prayer. That's what 1Church1Day is all about. Mobilizing, coordinating, facilitating teams of teams such that continual prayer, praise and worship is offered up in a city, region, county, state or nation.
Three Critical Elements Found in David's Pattern
- The king and the leaders both civil and religious decided God's presence was absolutely essential. 1 Chronicles 13:2
- The whole process was kicked off and maintained with extravagant worship. 2 Samuel 6:13
- The first thing the King did once it was set up is he delivered his first Psalm to Asaph. 1 Chronicles 16:7
In Hebraic culture kings and elders sat in the gates and made decisions with prophets giving God's counsel. Elders consisted of civil and religious leaders. These leaders decided to bring back God's presence.
The second part of these three critical elements I rarely emphasize but it is a vital part. In 2nd Samuel 6 David begins to bring back the ark of the God on a new cart. They are thousands of people along with lots of instruments, singing etc. But it did not work as when the ox stumbled Uzzah put out his hand to steady the ark. He died. David had to leave the ark of the Lord in the house of Obed-Edom for three months until they had consulted the Lord on the right way to handle God's presence.
We find two things in 1 Chronicles 15 and 2 Samuel 6:13-18. First, the ark of the Lord had to be carried on the shoulders of the Levites. The second thing that was missing was offerings. David began the second successful attempt with offerings.