Saturday, July 30, 2011
Restoring the Worship of David's Tabernacle
1 Samuel 15:
25So David, and the elders of Israel, and the captains over thousands, went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the house of Obededom with joy.
26And it came to pass, when God helped the Levites that bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, that they offered seven bullocks and seven rams.
27And David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, and all the Levites that bare the ark, and the singers, and Chenaniah the master of the song with the singers: David also had upon him an ephod of linen.
28Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the LORD with shouting, and with sound of the cornet, and with trumpets, and with cymbals, making a noise with psalteries and harps.
29And it came to pass, as the ark of the covenant of the LORD came to the city of David, that Michal, the daughter of Saul looking out at a window saw king David dancing and playing: and she despised him in her heart.
The kind of worship envisioned here is worship by the whole person, unrestrained, vigourous but respectful. I have heard a song which has the refrain "I will be even more undignified than this". It is shouted almost as a dare and appears to reduce worship to a time of play. I have seen the so-called "holy laugh" worked into this. It gives me difficulty
Nevertheless David is called a man after God's own heart. We must examine the pertinent scriptures to discern the kind of exuberance which is the target of the Holy Ghost. Worship which choses to fear the response of God more than the responses of men.
See Amos 9:
9For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth.
10All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, which say, The evil shall not overtake nor prevent us.
11In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old:
12That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by my name, saith the LORD that doeth this.
13Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt.
14And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.
See also Acts 15: 13-17.
I suppose that there are places of worship which suggest that if effort is taken to imitate Davidic form, we may play a part in hastening the Day of the Lord and the establishment of Millenial joy. I have observed the flags, the swords, the Holy Land drums, the shofar. I have even seen replicas of the Ark of the Covenant installed. That is a step backwards. God is not after imitation, but rather sincerity of heart. He is prepared to hear our cries, "Even so, Come Lord Jesus."
But He is not prepared to see His hand forced by some form. When the perfect number are in the fold He will announce, "Closing time" (Isaiah 53: 11)
Perhaps more is said for New Covenant worship in the Letter to the Hebrews and in the first few chapters of Acts. They include sacrifices of praise, thanksgiving, good works, generosity and holy boldness in supplications and intercession.