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.
Why is this important? It's because offerings (tithes, offerings & first fruits) are all signs of covenant to God. Jesus says in Luke 12:32-34 that God desires to give us the kingdom and that we should lay up treasure in heaven for where your treasure is, there will be your heart also.
God does not need our money. He wants our heart. Our giving which is worship, is a sign of covenant with Him. In fact, we find a theme in five scriptures starting in Deuteronomy 12:11 where God tells us to take their tithes, offerings and first-fruits to the place where He chooses "to make His name abide."
Our first criteria or motive in giving, is to give out of our relationship to God. We pray and obey. We are to take it where "HE CHOOSES" to make His name abide.
Hence, ministries and churches who focus on making a place for God's abiding presence are especially good for those who worship there. Why? Because when you obey God and worship there you can expect God to bless you covenantally. Did you know that every form of giving has a covenant promise with it? Well, that's a teaching for another time.
Decrees & Psalms
Finally, the third critical element is the example King David set. First, he met with leaders, they conferred, they decided, he praised, he worshiped through giving, and then he delivered the first Psalm to Asaph, the leader of the worshipers in the Tabernacle of David. The Psalm was written. Decrees are made by kings and are written. This Psalm was a written decree by the king which was then proclaimed by the singers. It's Psalm 68:11 in action. The Lord gave the word and great was the company of those who proclaimed it.
We also find that King David ensured that the tithes and offerings were distributed among the Levites to ensure that 24/7/365 prayer, praise and worship was maintained. You will find that every reformer in scripture from Solomon to Josiah, Asa, Ezra, Nehemiah and King Hezekiah all followed David's pattern. When the resources were not distributed the ministers would have to go back into the fields to work. This hurt the king and hurt the nation too.
It was King Cyrus' decree that set up Ezra and Nehemiah to return to Jerusalem. Do you know why the king issued the decree in Ezra 6:3 saying, "In the first year of King Cyrus, King Cyrus issued a decree concerning the house of God at Jerusalem: “Let the house be rebuilt, the place where they offered sacrifices; and let the foundations of it be firmly laid, its height sixty cubits and its width sixty cubits... The answer is found in Ezra 6:8-10. Cyrus says let the cost be paid at the king's expense...
that they may offer sacrifices of sweet aroma to the God of heaven, and pray for the life of the king and his sons.
The king wanted them to pray for him, his sons and their kingdom. What accompanied the intercession? Offerings! Why did the king ensure the priests and the offerings? Because it indicates where the heart of the worshiper is. The offerings are a sign to the ones making intercession as well. They have a responsibility out of honor to pray and worship God with the offerings they have received.
Why you will find this same theme addressed in Hebrews 7 where we discover a description of how the tithe is received by men here while at the same time it is being offered in heaven. Who receives it? The Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Jesus Christ, (Hebrews 3:1) who ever lives to make intercession for us (Hebrews 7:25).
One of the Keys to Results
We follow this pattern here at KLI. We consider our people's tithes and offerings as a sacred trust. Therefore we strive to ensure the altar stays holy and we bring each form of offering (tithe, first-fruits, alms or offerings) before the Lord and ask God to remember each one by name and we speak His covenant blessing over them. We become like a witness on behalf of the worshiper in the courtroom of heaven.
We worship something like this saying, "Heavenly Father, remember (name) and consider their offering (type), they brought it to You and now we come before you an worship as well. Now look down from Your holy habitation and and bless them, bless their family in accordance with you covenant promise (example) associated with the tithe. Therefore rebuke the devourer and open the windows of heaven.
Just last month a member of our KLI Family contacted us. They've been faithful giving tithes and offerings for years. The had given their car to their father to drive. It had been stolen. They even gave a small offering with the request. They asked that their car be returned with no damage to the vehicle or seats etc.
So we interceded and worshiped God as we brought their gift before the Lord in the courtroom of heaven (Daniel 7:9-21 & Micah 6:1) and testified upon their behalf. We held up the tithe and remembered Malachi 3:8-12 which says God would open the widows of heaven to pour out a blessing and rebuke the devourer. Two hours later evidence of the devourer being rebuked was found. The police discovered the car. Her prayers were answered. The only thing removed were two Christian decals which were scraped off a window.
Praise God! I've seen this happen over and over again through the years. You see, the offering is a sign of covenant to God and He keeps His covenant with us. It sets the worshiper up for victory.
I have noticed through the years that when we pray for people who have no covenant with the church/ministry whom they've asked for prayer. Well, the results are less.
Chapter 13 Turn Around
A business in 2006 asked us to pray for them. They had just filed Chapter 13. I said we would on two conditions. First, they had to pray and ask God how much He wanted them to give to us to serve them through intercession. The second thing I required was that they choose a metric we could use to determine how well our prayers were working. They choose gross revenue and they wanted to see it grow 100% in the next year. They were faithful to give through the year. We were faithful to pray and by the end of the 1st year they grew 126%.
My advice, pray and obey. Take your tithes, offerings and first-fruits and even alms to the place where God chooses. Bottom line, just pray and obey His leading.
I've heard some business advocate hiring intercessors and I think that is good. But I think having kings (leaders in business, government, media, education, healthcare, even the church) covenanting with a house of prayer, church, ministry or network actively building our Father's house of prayer is even better.
Why? It has to do with the principle of mass. More people to pray. It offers greater power. Secondly, for those using KLI's 1Church1Day strategy it also creates a canopy of 24/7/365 prayer which invites God's abiding presence. Their gifts are used to contribute to building our Father's house of prayer for all nations. It sets the worshiper up for blessing and to abide in the place where God's presence becomes a refuge; a place of safety and shelter from the storms of life and the attack of the devil (Psalm 91 and Isaiah 4:3-6).
So I encourage you to remember these truths as you worship our Lord through through a relationship with your local church, ministry, network or house of prayer.
Kingdom League International & 1Church1Day
Our whole mission focuses on mobilizing and connecting the army of the Lord to build our Father's house of prayer. We've helped many communities establish 24/7/365 prayer where God chooses to make His name abide. By 2012 leaders from over 38 nation had reported more than 31 houses of prayer launched which led to more than 40 churches being planted and the number continues to grow.
Now, members of the spiritual advisory team serving Trump have asked us to prepare a rollout of 1Church1Day across this nation. Imagine impacting all 50 states. The potential is huge. To prepare our base of operations must grow and therefore so does our partner and ministry base. We need at least 300 more Fellow Workers today and ministers called to mobilize and connect the Church in their city, county or state. Click here for the Remnant Reserve to learn more.
KLI and the 1Church1Day strategy is good soil. If this message inspired you and you are so led, we'd be honored to worship the Lord upon your behalf with any seed that you sow. Better yet, we need to add another 300 Fellow Workers to partner with us monthly. Perhaps you are one of them. I just invite you to pray and obey.