David’s Tabernacle Restored, Part 11
Reprint: February 9, 2024
It probably seems to some as though we have really deviated from
the topic of David’s Tabernacle and the picture of unabated praise and worship,
but I assure you, we have not! The
relationship that David experienced with the Lord was an intimate one. It is a strange thing that during all of his
years as King of Israel, he wound up marrying so many women in his desire to
match the relationship he had with the Lord.
Not until he married Bathsheba (under highly controversial and
questionable circumstances) did he finally feel like he had a wife in this life
with whom he could be One!
But that’s another subject we won’t get into – not now,
anyway. We pick up where we left off
last week and continue with another area that disturbs many religious people.
marriage between the Lord Jesus Christ and the disciples was ratified on the
Day of Pentecost. He had their tongues,
and used those tongues to manifest His power and authority in 17 different
languages to those who were gathered about.
From that day forward, Jesus had their tongues. He could speak through them in any language
He so desired to minister to virtually any kind of need. The disciples became apostles and prophets and
evangelists, etc., because of the marriage covenant between them and the Lord. He gave them power. They gave Him their tongues.
are a lot of Christians who want the benefits of the marriage relationship with
the Lord, but they are not willing to give up control of their tongues. They want the power and the authority, but
they want to maintain control of their tongues.
about it for a minute. How could the
apostles lay foundations for the early believers if they refused to let go of
their tongues? How could they preach
with the power and authority of Holy Spirit if Holy Spirit didn’t have that
control. The same applies to
prophets. When you prophesy, those words
are not coming out of your spirit: they are originating with Holy Spirit. He is doing the speaking, but He is using the
prophet is speaking forth things that he couldn’t possibly know of
himself. He is decreeing and declaring
events to come because Holy Spirit wants His people to hear and know these
let’s apply this once again to praise and worship. We get back to our theme of the Tabernacle of
saw the heart of God. He gave himself
over to the Lord, lock, stock and barrel.
He withheld nothing of himself to the Lord. His number one priority was the marriage of
the Lord to His people, Israel. He knew
that was not going to manifest unless the presence of the Lord was demonstrated
among the people in a tangible way.
David experienced personally in hearing the sound of praise and worship coming
out of Heaven as he himself worshiped changed him permanently. It was a revelation that would never leave
the opportunity presented itself, and he became King in Israel, restoring the
Ark of the Covenant was his number priority.
That Ark, after all, was the visible representation of the marriage
between the Lord and Israel.
it wasn’t enough to restore the Ark to its place of prominence so that all
Israel could see. The Ark had been
ensconced for generations in the Tabernacle of Moses prior to be captured by
the Philistines. The nation had drifted
away from the Lord to such a degree that they barely knew that the Ark
existed. It wasn’t something that filled
their conscious beings, and most of them had lost sight of the fact that the
Ark represented the Covenant that God had made with them.
Nope. Israel needed more than the Ark. They needed the presence of the Lord. They needed the sounds of praise and worship
that had long permeated David’s being.
David was a musician of long standing.
He’d already been responsible for putting on parchment much of the songs
of prayer, praise and worship that had filled his days as a shepherd. As King, there would be little time for him
to personally spend the kind of time necessary.
So he appointed three families who had the anointing for praise and
was a leading member of the Levites, a songwriter in his own right, and a
musician. His sons and daughters had
been trained to follow in his footsteps.
was the prophet Samuel’s grandson. That
prophetic anointing of his grandfather was upon him. He was also a musician and his sons and
daughters followed him.
there was Jeduthun — sometimes referred to as Ethan. Songwriter, singer, musician, he was also a
member of the tribe of Levites. His sons
and daughters likewise followed in his footsteps.
there it was. Three families that could
keep praise and worship going in shifts around the clock. Three families that learned from David. Three families that understood the presence
of the Lord, and the necessity of keeping it continually going before the
nation. These would be three families
that would perpetuate the sound of praise and worship for generation after
generation after generation, and reap both the rewards and the benefits of
always being ready. And David’s vision
would come to fruition through their continual praise and worship.
If ever there has been opposition and warfare, it
occurs when true worship manifests. It
is the nature of this realm. Let me give
you a history of this opposition today.
The Enemy absolutely hates it when believers enter
into this realm. He stirs controversy
and attacks against those who lead real worship, he promotes innuendoes that
demean both the worship and the worshipers, and he seeks to kill and destroy
anything that promotes worship in the Spirit and in truth.
start today with the very beginnings of the Tabernacle of David. Consider the personal ridicule and attack
that David took from his own wife, Michal, as he brought the Ark of the
Covenant back into Jerusalem.
we go there, however, let me lay a little groundwork
so that you understand Michal. This
starts off a bit gruesome so bear with me.
I Samuel 18:20-28:
And Michal Saul’s daughter loved David: and they told Saul, and
the thing pleased him. And Saul said, I will
give him her, that she may be a snare to him, and that the hand of the
Philistines may be against him. Wherefore Saul said to David, Thou shalt this
day be my son in law in the one of the twain.
And Saul commanded his servants, saying, Commune with
David secretly, and say, Behold, the king hath delight in thee, and all his
servants love thee: now therefore be the king’s son in law. And Saul’s servants
spake those words in the ears of David. And David said, Seemeth it to you a
light thing to be a king’s son in law, seeing that I am a poor
man, and lightly esteemed? And the servants of
Saul told him, saying, On this manner spake David.
And Saul said, Thus shall ye say to David, The king desireth not any dowry, but an hundred foreskins of the
Philistines, to be avenged of the king’s enemies. But Saul thought to make
David fall by the hand of the Philistines. And when his servants
told David these words, it pleased David well to be the king’s son in law: and
the days were not expired.
Wherefore David arose and went, he and his men, and slew of the
Philistines two hundred men; and David brought their foreskins, and they gave
them in full tale to the king, that he might be the king’s son in law. And Saul
gave him Michal his daughter to wife. And Saul saw and knew that the LORD was
with David, and that Michal Saul’s daughter loved him.
is a strange way to begin, but it illustrates the effort that the Enemy goes to
in order to bring down a worshiper — and in this instance — one like David
whose entire existence revolved around seeing that the heart of the Lord was
pleased and fulfilled.
is a Hebrew word used here that has many applications, depending on how one
uses the diacritical breathing marks with it.
The word is ‘ahab. This word can
mean: “intimate love.” It can represent
a real bonding relationship where two people are fond of each other. It can simply mean: “like.” It can also mean: “to desire sexually, to
want in order to fulfil one’s own sexual needs.”
Hebrew ‘ahab, in its various uses, parallels the Greek terms, eros (for animal passions), phileo (for brotherly
love), or agape (for that intimate, unconditional love of God).
it is used and where it is used makes all the difference in the world. Each time you see the statement that Michal,
Saul’s daughter, loved him, you can read that she saw in David a handsome young
man who she believed would satisfy her sexually. There was nothing in Michal’s heart that
yearned for the kind of joining with the Lord that David experienced. She simply saw him as a sex object.
she expressed her desires to her father, Saul, he decided to make a point of
that by requiring David to kill 200 Philistines and bring him their foreskins
as proof. He was, after all, extremely
jealous of David and the favor he had in Israel, and thought that the task of
killing 200 Philistines would actually result in his death.
Saul was unable to kill David, and David had to go on the run for his life,
Saul gave Michal to another man, by whom she had children.
forward a few years in time and we come to that time when Saul is dead, David
has become King of Israel, and he has purposed to bring the Ark of the Covenant
back and set it up in his simple Tabernacle — nothing more than a tent with the
flaps open for Israel to see.
II Samuel 6:15-23:
So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the
LORD with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet. And as the ark of the
LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul’s daughter looked through a
window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she
despised him in her heart.
And they brought in the ark of the LORD, and set it in his
place, in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David
offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD. And as soon as David
had made an end of offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the
people in the name of the LORD of hosts.
And he dealt among all the people, even among the whole
multitude of Israel, as well to the women as men, to every
one a cake of bread, and a good piece of flesh, and a flagon of
wine. So all the people departed every one to his
Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter
of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel
to day, who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids of his
servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself!
And David said unto Michal, It was before the LORD, which
chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over
the people of the LORD, over Israel: therefore will I play before the LORD. And I will yet be
more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight: and of the
maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in honour. Therefore Michal the
daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death.
picture is pretty clear, isn’t it? What
was supposed to be “love” in Michal’s heart turned very quickly into hate and
despising of David. Her reference to
David and accusation was that he was simply exposing himself to the young
maidens who were also dancing for sexual reasons. She was quick to attack his motives and his
heart’s desire. She never really knew
David, nor did she ever share his heart of worship, so it was easy for her to
attack his display has having unclean motives and purposes.
a tactic that the Enemy still uses today against worshipers who really pour
themselves into it. My recent
participation in the prophetic conference in Gettysburg, PA gave me a fresh
look and reminder of this kind of attack.
Fondong is the wife of Robinson Fondong, who sponsored the conference. She is the worship leader in their
fellowship. When Elizabeth got into the
worship, she was all in it. Every bit of
her being was demonstrating that worship.
She danced with all her might.
She sang with all her might. Had
she worn the kind of loose-fitting clothing that David wore, I’ve no doubt that
she would have lost it in her dance, the same way that David lost his.
she finished leading the worship, there were some folks sitting behind me who
expressed their criticism of her, saying that she was just going overboard, and
that kind of display was not necessary.
the years that Della and I were based out of Post Falls, Idaho and we traveled
the northwest and western Canada with spontaneous worship, we periodically ran
into people who disliked our spontaneity and were critical of it — absolutely
ignoring the peace and presence of the Lord that accompanied the worship.
stopped to visit a family in northern Alberta and discovered that the father
was suffering terminal cancer. After
some discussion with the family, we brought our instruments in (we carried them
with us wherever we traveled) and began worshiping. Another family was visiting while we were
there and they simply sat still on the sofa as we played. The peace and presence of the Lord flooded
that home. The man with the terminal
cancer was healed as we played. The
visitors snorted, however, when we wrapped it up.
is nothing more than a crazy jam session, if you ask me. This isn’t worship! You’d never get this kind of stuff in our
church.” They simply couldn’t see it as
worship because it didn’t fit into their little boxes.
just laughed. “You’re right. It would be a rarity to have this kind of
worship in any modern church. Most
churches have lost any semblance of what real worship is all about. They are more concerned with how refined it
is and how it meets the standard of their hymnal instead of how or whether it
ministers to the heart of the Lord.
visitors were offended and decided it was time to leave. I felt bad for them because there was no
heart of worship in them. To their
natural ears, we were just “jamming together” and making stuff up. They had no ears to hear what the Spirit was
saying or doing. My guess is that they
would have treated David’s music in much the same manner. He didn’t just sing Psalms and Hymns and
Spiritual songs, he played by the hour on his harp. He played whatever he heard coming out of
Heaven, no matter what it sounded like.
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