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 King David's 24-hour Worship Ministry

 ♫ 33 years worship & prayer around the clock in front of the ark

                     ♫ open access, no veil

          ♫ 4000 full time, trained singers & musicians
Historical Background
The Ark of the Covenant had been removed from the Tabernacle of Moses many years previously.
When Israel was losing in a battle with the Philistines, they had brought the Ark from the Tabernacle
into their midst, believing, superstitiously, that its presence would give them victory. However, they
were miserably defeated and the Ark was taken captive into Philistine territory and put into the temple
of Dagon. The Philistines, however, soon sent it back into the land of Israel because of the judgments
that began to come upon them. It ended up in a house in the border town of Kiriath Jearim, and
remained there for 20 years, until David became king of all Israel (1 Sam. 4-7).

David's Passion for God’s Presence
Ps. 26:8 AMP
“(8) Lord, I love the habitation of Your house, and the place where Your glory dwells.”
Ps. 27:4 AMP
“(4) One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek, inquire for, and [insistently] require: that I may
dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, to behold and gaze upon the
beauty [the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness] of the Lord and to meditate, consider,
and inquire in His temple. [Ps. 16:11; 18:6; 65:4; Luke 2:37.]”
Ps. 63:1-2 AMP
“(1) … O GOD, You are my God, earnestly will I seek You; my inner self thirsts for You, my flesh
longs and is faint for You, in a dry and weary land where no water is. (2) So I have looked upon You
in the sanctuary to see Your power and Your glory.”

King David was a man of “one thing” (Ps. 27:4), desiring above all else the presence of the God he
came to know as a young boy and Whom he worshiped in spontaneous song, while playing on his
harp, alone under the open skies while tending his father’s sheep.

Around 1000 BC, directly after being anointed as king over all Israel, as an outflow of his heart, he
commanded that the Ark of the Covenant be brought amidst the sound of songs and musical
instruments to his new capital, Jerusalem.

1Chr. 13:1-3 AMP
“(1) DAVID CONSULTED the captains of thousands and hundreds, even with every leader. (2) And
David said to all the assembly of Israel, If it seems good to you and if it is of the Lord our God, let us
send abroad everywhere to our brethren who are left in all the land of Israel, and with them to the
priests and Levites in their cities that have suburbs and pasturelands, that they may gather together
with us. (3) And let us bring again the ark of our God to us, for we did not seek it during the days of

1Chr. 13:8 GNB
“(8) while David and all the people danced with all their might to honor God. They sang and played
musical instruments---harps, drums, cymbals, and trumpets.”

1st Attempt - the Wrong Way
David’s first attempt to bring back the Ark of Covenant to Israel failed, because he did it in the wrong
way, without consulting the Scriptures and properly preparing for it’s return (1 Chr. 15:12-15). He had
the zeal for God’s presence but was ignorant concerning the way God Himself had determined for
man to approach Him and to usher in His presence in his midst. His first plan was probably to return it
to Moses' Tabernacle on Mount Gibeon as he had not prepared anywhere else for it. He followed the
same method as the Philistines when they sent it back to Israel and put it on a new cart, drawn by
oxen. When Uzzah puts his hand on the Ark to steady it when the oxen stumble, he is struck dead.
David is angry and confused and just left the Ark in the house of a man called Obed-Edom. There it
remains for three months, bringing great blessing to Obed-Edom’s entire household (2 Sam. 6:1-11;
1Chr. 13).

    The Ark of Covenant: The symbol of God’s throne and contact point of God’s presence amongst men.

2nd Attempt - the Right Way
When David saw how God blessed the house of Obed-Edom, he took courage, sought the Lord and
started preparing with new understanding for the coming of the Ark to Jerusalem.

1Chr. 15:1,12-16 AMP
“(1) DAVID … prepared a place for the ark of God and pitched a tent for it.
(12) And said to them, You are the heads of the fathers' houses of the Levites; sanctify yourselves,
both you and your brethren, that you may bring up the ark of the Lord, the God of Israel, to the place
that I have prepared for it. (13) For because you bore it not [as God directed] at the first, the Lord our
God broke forth upon us--because we did not seek Him in the way He ordained. [Num. 1:50; I Chron.
13:7-10.] (14) So the priests and the Levites sanctified themselves to bring up the ark of the Lord,
the God of Israel. (15) The Levites carried the ark of God on their shoulders with the poles, as Moses
commanded by the word of the Lord. (16) David told the chief Levites to appoint their brethren the
singers with instruments of music--harps, lyres, and cymbals--to play loudly and lift up their voices
with joy.”

This time David studied the Scriptures and finds out from the Lord the right way to bring the Ark back.
Each truth also applies to the Church:

1. It necessitated a prepared place for its habitation. God will only cause His presence to abide
   where people deliberately prepare their hearts and surroundings and with desire and expectation
   specifically ask for His holy presence to manifest and abide in their midst.
2. A new tent (the Tabernacle of David) was required on a new mountain (Mt Zion) to house the Ark!
   (1 Chr. 15:1). God, in this day (of the New Covenant) has chosen the hearts and lives of His
   people as the place where He reveals His glory.
3. It must be carried on the shoulders of a consecrated priesthood! (1 Chr. 15:2,11-15). In the
   Church it is now the priesthood of all believers. The glory of the Lord will return in its fullness to a
   consecrated people. This consecration is first expressed by the leaders.
4. It required blood sacrifice (2 Sam. 6:13, 1 Chr. 15:26, 16:1-2) – to cover the sins of man. The
   foundation of the Church is always the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross.

While he had all of Israel, in unity, brought the Ark back with great rejoicing, David took off his kingly
robes and in the linen clothes of a priest, "danced before the Lord with all his might".

2 Sam. 6:14-15, 20-22 AMP
(14) And David danced before the Lord with all his might, clad in a linen ephod [a priest's upper
garment]. (15) So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and
with the sound of the trumpet.
(20) Then David returned to bless his household. And [his wife] Michal daughter of Saul came out to
meet David and said, How glorious was the king of Israel today, who stripped himself of his kingly
robes and uncovered himself in the eyes of his servants' maids as one of the worthless fellows
shamelessly uncovers himself! (21) David said to Michal, It was before the Lord, Who chose me
above your father and all his house to appoint me as prince over Israel, the people of the Lord.
Therefore will I make merry [in pure enjoyment] before the Lord. (22) I will be still more lightly
esteemed than this, and will humble and lower myself in my own sight [and yours]. But by the maids
you mentioned, I will be held in honor.

There, in Jerusalem on Mount Zion, he had the Ark placed in the tent he prepared for it and appointed
prophetic singers and musicians to minister before the Lord day and night, “to commemorate, to thank
and to praise the LORD” and to declare that His “mercy and loving-kindness endures forever” (1 Chr.
16:4,41). This was unlike anything that had been done in Israel’s history, but it was God’s plan and
was of great prophetic significance.

4000 Trained singers & musicians worshiping around the clock
David himself made the musical instruments and set up a training system for singers and musicians,
training 4000 of them during his lifetime. He divided them in 24 different groups for the purpose of
day and night worship, according to the pattern of non-stop worship in heaven.

1 Chr. 16:4-6 ASV
“ And he appointed certain of the Levites to minister before the ark of Jehovah, and to celebrate and
to thank and praise Jehovah, the God of Israel: Asaph the chief, and second to him Zechariah, Jeiel,
and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and Mattithiah, and Eliab, and Benaiah, and Obed-edom, and Jeiel,
with psalteries (stringed instruments/lyres) and with harps; and Asaph with cymbals, sounding aloud;
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 and Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests with trumpets continually , before the ark of the covenant of

1 Chr. 16:37,41+42 MKJV
“ And he left there before the ark of the covenant of Jehovah, for Asaph and his brothers, to minister
before the ark continually , as every day's work required;”
    And he left with them Heman and Jeduthun, and the rest who were chosen, who were called by
name, to give thanks to Jehovah, because His mercy endures forever.       And with them were Heman
and Jeduthun with trumpets and cymbals for those making a sound, and with musical instruments of
God …”

1 Chr. 25:7+8 MSG
“ They were well-trained in the sacred music, all of them masters. There were 288 of them.
  They drew names at random to see who would do what. Nobody, whether young or old, teacher or
student, was given preference or advantage over another.”

1 Chr. 25:8+9 GNB
“ To determine the assignment of duties they all drew lots, whether they were young or old, experts
or beginners. These 288 men were divided according to families into twenty-four groups of twelve,
with a leader in charge of each group. This is the order in which they were on duty: 1) Joseph of the
family of Asaph; 2) Gedaliah; 3) Zaccur; 4) Zeri; 5) Nethaniah; 6) Bukkiah; 7) Asharelah; 8) Jeshaiah;
9) Mattaniah; 10) Shimei; 11) Uzziel; 12) Hashabiah; 13) Shebuel; 14) Mattithiah; 15) Jerimoth; 16)
Hananiah; 17) Joshbekashah; 18) Hanani; 19) Mallothi; 20) Eliathah; 21) Hothir; 22) Giddalti; 23)
Mahazioth; 24) Romamti Ezer.”

1 Chr. 23:5 MKJV
“ … four thousand praised Jehovah with the instruments which David made for praising.”
– These were Levites 30 years and above, as David when he was old, counted all those involved in
the service of the LORD.

  Hebrew –           (taw-meed) – Strong’s: “From an unused root meaning to stretch; properly continuance (as
indefinite extension); but used only (attributively as adjective) constant (or adverbially constantly); elliptically
the regular (daily) sacrifice: - alway (-s), continual (employment, -ly), daily, ([n-]) ever (-more), perpetual.”
    Taw-meed: (Same as above).

No veil! Open access for all.
The tabernacle of David was a tent, just like the tabernacle of Moses, erected to serve as a place of
worship. But while the tabernacle of Moses remained at Gibeon , with all the articles of furniture
(except the Ark of the Covenant itself), the tabernacle of David was on Mount Zion. It had none of the
other furniture or a veil - only the Ark. And unlike Moses' tabernacle, it did not have three
compartments – 1) the Outer Court, 2) the Holy Place and 3) the Holiest of All / Holy of Holies / Most
Holy Place. It had only one compartment, the Holiest of All! A great number of Levites and priests
flowed in and out of David's tabernacle around the clock to worship before the Lord (2 Sam. 6:1-23; 1
Chr. 13:1-14; 15:1-16:43).

David’s Tabernacle did not have the regulations and divisions determined by the Law of Moses.

The Tabernacle of Moses:

       -   During Saul’s time everything had been ritually correct in Moses’ tabernacle, but it was
           without the ark, YAHWE’s presence.
       -   Once a year only, only the High Priest could enter beyond the veil into the Holy of Holies
           where the Ark of Covenant was residing.
       -   What God revealed to Moses was focused on the ministry of intercession and reconciliation
           through the blood of the sacrifice. God didn’t give Moses any revelation or instructions
           concerning music and singing to be done in the sanctuary. (David was the one to whom God
           gave the revelation of the ministry of day and night worship in heaven through music and
           singing and based upon that revelation David established day & night worship in the tent he
           prepared for it on Mount Zion.)

The Tabernacle of David:

    1 Chr. 16:39 & 21:29

     -    The Tabernacle of David marked a revolutionary departure from this system of separating
          God from the people. Without violating the spirit of the Law of Moses, David cultivated a spirit
          of intimacy again between the people and the Lord.
     -    This tabernacle was simple and uncomplicated, but it contained the very presence of God.
          The great significance of the Tabernacle of David lay in the fact that the ark, the very
          presence of God was back in the midst of the people of Israel.
     -    No "veil" barred the way into His presence as it had in Moses' Tabernacle! All who would
          sanctify themselves by means of blood sacrifice (áll Priests and Levites) had liberty and
          freedom to enter into God’s presence, right in front of the Ark of Covenant.
     -    This 24-hour praise and worship ministry reflected recognition of the mercy and loving-
          kindness of God and His unconditional acceptance of all who approach Him in faith.
     -    Even Obed-Edom and his brothers, who were Gettites (Philistines) – that is Géntiles, were
          allowed to enter into the Holy of Holies as they were appointed and assigned to fulfil duties
          only the Levites could perform.
     -    Thus the tabernacle of David had been a prophetic sign of the time that would come when the
          door into God’s presence would be widely opened for all to come in – also for the Gentiles, áll
          the nations.
     -    David taught the people to worship God with praise, thanksgiving and rejoicing.
     -    David also taught the people to worship God with music - with every musical instrument. The
          musical instruments we read of in the Psalms represent all three main categories of musical
          instruments (wind, percussion, stringed). Read Ps. 150.
     -    The around the clock, 24-hour singing with musical accompaniment David instituted, was in
          accordance with the revelation he had of the non-stop, ongoing, day and night worship and
          music around the throne of God in heaven – “on earth as it is in heaven”. See Rev. 4:8; 5:8;
          14:2; 15:2.
     -    There was much joy as there was a strong sense and consciousness of God’s grace, His
          everlasting love, kindness and goodness. This joy was expressed through music, dancing
          and singing in the presence of the Lord. This was the way to approach the God of Israel who
          is a glad God and not a sad God, loving His people to come into His presence.
     -    The songs many times were “new” songs: spontaneous songs, songs in the spirit, coming
          with such spontaneity that a special ministry of a "recorder" was necessary - many of the
          psalms were written there.
     -    The worship was in “one-man-audience-style”, focused on God Himself, ministering unto
          JAHWE and not unto men in “audience-entertainment/performance-style” focused on
          entertaining an audience of people.

  1Chr. 13:13-14 AMP
(13) So David did not bring the ark home to the City of David, but carried it aside into the house of Obed-edom the Gittite [a
Levitical porter born in Gath-rimmon]. [Josh. 21:20, 24; I Chron. 15:24.] (14) And the ark of God remained with the family of
Obed-edom in his house three months. And the Lord blessed the house of Obed-edom and all that he had.
1Chr. 16:37-38
(37) So David left Asaph and his brethren before the ark of the covenant of the Lord to minister before the ark continually, as
each day's work required, (38) And Obed-edom with [his] sixty-eight kinsmen. Also Obed-edom son of Jeduthun, and Hosah,
were to be gatekeepers.
(37) David left Asaph and his coworkers with the Chest of the Covenant of GOD and in charge of the work of worship; they
were responsible for the needs of worship around the clock. (38) He also assigned Obed-Edom and his sixty-eight relatives to
help them. Obed-Edom son of Jeduthun and Hosah were in charge of the security guards.
  Speaking to the gathering of the early church in Jerusalem (Acts 15:16-17), James - quoting Amos 9:11-12 - said that the
fact that the Gentiles were coming to the Lord was a result of the restoration of the fallen Tabernacle of David (the restoration of
what the Tabernacle of David presented) - the grace of God and a way open into the very Holiest of Holies – even for the
  In this regard see the example of Ps. 134:1-3 AMP:
(1) A Song of Ascents. BEHOLD, BLESS (affectionately and gratefully praise) the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, [singers]
who by night stand in the house of the Lord. [I Chron. 9:33.] (2) Lift up your hands in holiness and to the sanctuary and bless
the Lord [affectionately and gratefully praise Him]! (3) The Lord bless you out of Zion, even He Who made heaven and earth.
See Ez. 44:10-11,15-16 (some minister unto God; others unto men). Also 1 Chr. 29:11.

Day & Night Intercessory Worship, Foundation of the Nation’s Prosperity
a. A priestly foundation of day and night worship and intercession

   Right at the start of David’s reign as king, he firmly established the priestly ministry of day and
   night worship and intercession in the capitol city. Day and night worship and intercession would
   be the foundation of his administration. David personally spent much time in the presence of the
   Lord worshipping the Lord, "gazing upon the beauty of the LORD" in His temple (Ps. 27:4 AMP).
   There he would also pour out his heart before God concerning the political problems he faced,
   consulting the Lord before He would go out to face his enemies in war.
   Ps. 27:4+5 MKJV
   “ One thing I have desired from Jehovah, that I will seek after: that I may dwell in the house of
   Jehovah all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of Jehovah, and to pray in His temple. For
   in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His shelter, in the secrecy of His tabernacle He shall
   hide me; He shall set me up on a rock.”

   David had a remarkable understanding of spiritual warfare in the light of how little had been
   revealed and known in his day about these things: he and the captains of the ármy appointed the
   Levitical singers as part of their military strategy of subduing their enemies.

   1 Chr. 25:1 MKJV
   “ And David and the army commanders separated to the service those of the sons of Asaph, and
   of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who were prophets with lyres and with cymbals.”
   This same principle of using praise singers and musical instruments in winning a physical war
   was also applied in other instances, like in the case of king Jehoshaphat who sent out the singers
   and musicians ahead of his army (2 Chr. 20:21+22).

b. Kingly authority & dominion over enemies

   1 Chr. 18:1,2,3,5,6,12,13 NKJV
   “ And it happened after this, David attacked the Philistines, subdued them. And he took Gath
   and its towns out of the hand of the Philistines.    Then he defeated Moab, and the Moabites
   became David’s servants … And David defeated Hadadezer king of Zobah … establish his
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   power by the river Euphrates. … killed twenty-two thousand of the Syrians. … put garrisons in
   Syria … the Syrians became David’s servants … … killed eighteen thousand Edomites in the
   Valley of Salt. He also put garrisons in Edom, and all the Edomites became David’s servants. ”

   Directly after the priestly ministry had been established (1 Chr. 16), David moved out to conquer
   many nations and kings (1 Chr. 18). He took possession of the remaining territory that the
   Israelites, since the time of Joshua failed to conquer and had still been in the possession of their
   enemies. He became the first king who took possession of all the land that had been promised to
   Abraham. We read: “Thus the LORD preserved and gave victory to David wherever he went.” (1
   Chr. 18:6,13 AMP).

c. Foundation for financial release for kingdom purposes

   As God raised David up into a position of authority to subdue his enemies, together with that he
   also experienced a tremendous financial release. Later on, Solomon used the treasures David
   acquired to build the temple (1 Chr. 22:11,14).

   1 Chr. 18:2,4,6-11 MKJV
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   “ … the Moabites … brought tribute. David took from him (Hadadezer) one thousand chariots,
   seven thousand horseman, and twenty thousand foot soldiers. … the Syrians … brought tribute
   … And David took the shields of gold that were on the servants of Hadadezer, and brought them
   to Jerusalem.      Also from Tibhath and from Chun, cities of Hadadezer, David brought a large
   amount of bronze with which Solomon made the bronze Sea, the pillars, and the articles of
   bronze. Now when Tou king of Hamath heard that David defeated all the army of Hadadezer…
      he sent Hadoram his son to King David … and Hadoram brought with him all kinds of articles of
   gold, silver, and bronze.      King David also dedicated these to the LORD, along with the silver
   and gold that he had brought from these nations – from Edom, from Moab, from the peoples of
   Ammon, from the Philistines, and from Amalek.”

Key Facts and Scriptures Regarding the Tabernacle of David
   Tent set up by David to house the Ark of God in Jerusalem (1 Chr. 13, 15, 16:1)
   Levites to minister day and night before the Ark (1 Chr. 15:2)
   Ministry of music before the Ark directed by David, Gad and Nathan (1 Chr. 6:31–32; 2 Chr.
   Head musicians set in place to minister before the Ark: Heman, Asaph and Ethan, also called
   Jeduthan (1 Chr. 6:33–47; 15:17)
   Head singer before the Ark was Kenaniah (1 Chr. 15:22)
   The Tabernacle of Moses at Gibeon was still in operation (with empty Holy of Holies) during this
   period, under Zadok. There was also a music ministry at Gibeon under Heman and Jeduthun (1
   Chr. 6:49; 16:39–42)
   Musicians were exempted from other Levitical functions (1 Chr. 9:33)
   Musical instruments mentioned in 1 Chronicles were cymbals (15:19), lyres (15:20), harps
   (15:21), singing (15:22), trumpets (15:22), rams horns (15:28)
   Ministering Levites appointed to three primary functions: make petition, give thanks and praise the
   Lord - because His mercy and loving-kindness endures forever (1 Chr. 16:4,41)
   Military victory came as a result of the Tabernacle of David (1 Chr. 18)
   Out of 38,000 total Levites, 4000 were appointed by David to praise the Lord and were given
   provision specifically for that purpose (1 Chr. 23:4–6)
   David and the army commanders chose the 288 prophetic musicians, 12 per one hour watch; this
   provided the connection between ministry and military victory (1 Chr. 25)
   The period of the Tabernacle of David was a preparation time for the building of the Temple (in
   resources and organization)

The Davidic Order of Worship
a. The Davidic order of worship instituted in Solomon’s Temple

   Although David’s Tabernacle (tent) was replaced by Solomon’s Temple, the Davidic order of
   worship was embraced and instituted in the new Temple as SOLOMON instructed that worship in
   the Temple should be in accordance with the Davidic Order:

       2 Chr. 8:14-15 AMP
       “(14) And he appointed, as ordered by DAVID his father, the divisions of the priests for their
       service, and the Levites to their offices to praise and to serve before the priests as the duty of
       every day required, and the gatekeepers also by their divisions at every gate; for so had
       DAVID the man of God commanded. (15) And they did not turn from the command of the
       king to the priests and Levites in any respect or concerning the treasuries.”

b. The sins of the kings & the falling apart of the Tabernacle of David

   But sadly because of Solomon’s backsliding and the influence of the many ungodly kings who
   reigned in Judah after him, this worship ministry that was born in the Tabernacle of David fell
   apart partially and sometimes completely as the whole nation would follow its king in his sins and
   idol worship.

c. 5 periods of national revival connected to the reinstitution of the Davidic order of worship

   But in the 1000 year period between David & the birth of Christ there were 5 different periods of
   national revival. These revivals in each instance came about as the specific king of the day would
   lead the people in repentance back to YAHWE, the God of their fathers, each time giving order for
   the reinstitution of the Davidic order of worship. These spiritual breakthroughs were followed by
   deliverance and military victory.

1. JEHOSHAPHAT defeats Moab and Ammon by setting up singers in accordance with Davidic
   Order: singers at the front of the army singing the Great Hallel. Jehoshaphat reinstitutes
   Davidic Worship in the Temple.

   2 Chr. 20:21-22, 28 AMP
   “(21) When he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers to sing to the Lord and
   praise Him in their holy [priestly] garments as they went out before the army, saying, Give
   thanks to the Lord, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever! (22) And when they
   began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the men of Ammon, Moab,
   and Mount Seir who had come against Judah, and they were [self-] slaughtered;
   (28) They came to Jerusalem with harps, lyres, and trumpets to the house of the Lord.”

2. JOASH & Jehoiada (2 Chr. 23–24)

   2Chr. 23:2,13,18 AMP
   “(2) And they went about in Judah and gathered the Levites out of all the cities, and the
   chiefs of the fathers' houses of Israel, and they came to Jerusalem.
   (13) … and all the people of the land rejoicing and blowing trumpets, and the singers with
   musical instruments led in singing of praise ...
   (18) Also Jehoiada appointed the offices and officers [for the care] of the house of the Lord
   under the direction of the Levitical priests, whom DAVID had distributed [in his day] in the
   house of the Lord, to offer the burnt offerings of the Lord as written in the Law of Moses, with
   rejoicing and singing, as ordered by DAVID.”

3. HEZEKIAH cleansed, reconsecrated and reinstituted the Davidic Order of worship in the

   2 Chr. 29:3-5; 11; 25-30 AMP
   “(3) In the first year of his reign, in the first month, he opened the doors of the house of the
   Lord [which his father had closed] and repaired them. (4) He brought together the priests
   and Levites in the square on the east (5) And said to them, Levites, hear me! Now sanctify
   (purify and make free from sin) yourselves and the house of the Lord, the God of your fathers,
   and carry out the filth from the Holy Place.”
   “(11) My sons, do not now be negligent, for the Lord has chosen you to stand in His
   presence, to serve Him, to be His ministers, and to burn incense to Him.”
   “(25) Hezekiah stationed the Levites in the Lord's house with cymbals, harps, and lyres, as
   DAVID [his forefather] and Gad the king's seer and Nathan the prophet had commanded; for
   the commandment was from the Lord through His prophets. (26) The Levites stood with the
   instruments of DAVID, and the priests with the trumpets. (27) Hezekiah commanded to offer
   the burnt offering upon the altar. And when the burnt offering began, the song of the Lord
   began also with the trumpets and with the instruments ordained by King DAVID of Israel. (28)
   And all the congregation worshiped, the singers sang, and the trumpeters sounded; all this
   continued until the burnt offering was finished. (29) When they had stopped offering, the king
   and all present with him bowed themselves and worshiped. (30) Also King Hezekiah and the
   princes ordered the Levites to sing praises to the Lord with the words of DAVID and of Asaph
   the seer. And they sang praises with gladness and bowed themselves and worshiped.”
   2 Chr. 30:21 AMP
   “(21) And the Israelites who were in Jerusalem kept the Feast of Unleavened Bread for
   seven days with great joy. The Levites and priests praised the Lord day by day, singing with
   instruments of much volume to the Lord.”

      4. JOSIAH reinstituted Davidic worship

          2 Chr. 35:1-4 AMP
          “(1) JOSIAH KEPT the Passover to the Lord in Jerusalem; they killed the Passover lamb on
          the fourteenth day of the first month. (2) He appointed the priests to their positions and
          encouraged them in the service of the house of the Lord. (3) To the Levites who taught all
          Israel and were holy to the Lord he said: Put the holy ark in the house which Solomon son of
          DAVID king of Israel, built; … (4) Prepare yourselves according to your fathers' houses by
          your divisions, after the directions of DAVID king of Israel and of Solomon his son.”

          2 Chr. 35:15 AMP
          “(15) The singers, the sons of Asaph, were in their places according to the command of
          DAVID, Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun the king's seer …”

      5. EZRA and NEHEMIAH, returning from Babylon, reinstituted Davidic Worship

          After the return from Babylon, right at the start of the restoration of the temple, as the new
          foundation was laid, the worship ministry was reinstated according to David’s revelation and
          command concerning day and night worship with song and music:

          Ezra 3:10-11 AMP
          “(10) And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, the priests stood in
          their vestments with trumpets, and the Levite sons of Asaph with their cymbals, to praise the
          Lord, after the order of DAVID king of Israel. (11) They sang responsively, praising and
          giving thanks to the Lord, saying, For He is good, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure
          forever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout when they praised the
          Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid!”

          After the building of the new temple had been completed, we see the Levitical ministry of
          song and music unto the LORD restored to such an extend that they were covering day and
          night like in the days of David – or close to that, for only 128 singers were counted amongst
          the remnant who returned to Judah in comparison to the 4000 singers and musicians David
          had trained over years:

          1Chr. 9:33
          “(33) These are the singers, heads of the fathers' houses of the Levites, dwelling in the
          temple chambers, free from other service because they were on duty day and night.” (AMP)
          “(33) And then there were the musicians, all heads of Levite families. They had permanent
          living quarters in The Temple; because they were on twenty-four-hour duty,” (MSG)

          In Nehemiah’s time, at the event of the dedication of the rebuilding of the wall of Jerusalem
          we see the prominent role that the Davidic ministry of singing and music played:

          Neh. 12:27-47 AMP
          “(27) And for the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem, they sought the Levites in all their
          places to bring them to Jerusalem to celebrate the dedication with gladness, with
          thanksgivings, and with singing, cymbals, harps, and lyres. (28) And the sons of the singers
          gathered together from the plain and circuit around Jerusalem and from the villages of the
          Netophathites, (29) And also from Beth-gilgal and the fields of Geba and Azmaveth, for the
          singers had built for themselves villages around Jerusalem. (30) And the priests and the
          Levites purified themselves, the people, the gates, and the wall. (31) Then I brought the
          princes of Judah up on the wall, and I appointed two great companies of them who gave
          thanks and went in procession. One went to the right upon the wall toward the Dung Gate …
          (35) And certain of the priests' sons with trumpets, and Zechariah son of Jonathan, the son of
          Shemaiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of Micaiah, the son of Zaccur, the son of Asaph,
          (36) And his kinsmen--Shemaiah, Azarel, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethanel, Judah, Hanani--
          with the musical instruments of DAVID, God's man. And Ezra the scribe went before them …
          (38) The other company of those who gave thanks went to the left; … (40) So the two
          companies of those who gave thanks stood in the house of God, and I, and the half of the

    Ezra 2:41
    MKJV: “two great choirs of praise”

        officials with me; (41) And the priests Eliakim, Maaseiah, Miniamin, Micaiah, Elioenai,
        Zechariah, and Hananiah, with trumpets; (42) And Maaseiah, Shemaiah, Eleazar, Uzzi,
        Jehohanan, Malchijah, Elam, and Ezer. And the singers sang and made themselves heard,
        with Jezrahiah as leader. (43) Also that day they offered great sacrifices and rejoiced, for
        God had made them rejoice with great joy; the women also and the children rejoiced. The joy
        of Jerusalem was heard even afar off.”

        Nehemiah’s reinstitution of the Davidic order of worship included:
        a. Restoring the full time status of the Levitical singers and musicians .
        b. Putting a financial support system in place so that the ministry unto the LORD could be
           their primary focus and occupation without having to do another job for raising support
           for their families.

        Neh. 12:44-47 AMP
        “(44) On that day men were appointed over the chambers for the stores, the contributions,
        the firstfruits, and the tithes, to gather into them the portions required by law for the priests
        and the Levites according to the fields of the towns, for Judah rejoiced over the priests and
        Levites who served [faithfully]. (45) And they performed the due service of their God and of
        the purification; so did the singers and gatekeepers, as DAVID and his son Solomon had
        commanded. (46) For in the days of DAVID and Asaph of old, there was a chief of singers
        and songs of praise and thanksgiving to God. (47) And all Israel in the days of Zerubbabel
        and [later] of Nehemiah gave the daily portions for the singers and the gatekeepers; and they
        set apart what was for the Levites, and the Levites set apart what was for the sons of Aaron
        [the priests].”

        Some time after the completion of the rebuilding of the wall of Jerusalem, Nehemiah left for
        Babylon to report back to the king about the building project in Jerusalem. During the time of
        his absence things at the temple started to fall apart again. At his return he was shocked to
        find that most of the singers and musicians left their full time ministry at the temple because of
        a lack of financial support. They were compelled to find other jobs to support themselves and
        their families, because the people of Judah neglected their tithes and failed to provide for the
        needs of the singers and gatekeepers. Nehemiah confronted the leaders about their neglect
        of the house of God , gathered the Levites and singers and got them back at their posts in
        the temple:

        Neh. 13:7,10-12 GNB
        “(7) and returned to Jerusalem. There I was shocked to find that … (10) I also learned that
        the Temple musicians and other Levites had left Jerusalem and gone back to their farms,
        because the people had not been giving them enough to live on. (11) I reprimanded the
        officials for letting the Temple be neglected. And I brought the Levites and musicians back to
        the Temple and put them to work again. (12) Then all the people of Israel again started
        bringing to the Temple storerooms their tithes of grain, wine, and olive oil.”

     Historians have also speculated that around the time of Jesus, in their search to find communion
     with God, THE ESSENES of the Judean wilderness reinstituted the Davidic order of worship as
     part of their life of prayer and fasting.

   As well as the supportive ministry of the gatekeepers who always accompanied the ministry of the singers and
   Neh. 13:6+7 GNB
   “(6) While this was going on, I was not in Jerusalem, because in the thirty-second year that Artaxerxes was
   king of Babylon I had gone back to report to him. After some time I received his permission (7) and returned
   to Jerusalem …”
        Nehemiah probably went to the court at Babylon in 433 B.C., and returned to Jerusalem 432 B.C.
   Neh. 13:11 AMP
   “Then I contended with the officials and said, Why is the house of God neglected and forsaken? I gathered the
   Levites and singers and set them in their stations.”

The Restoration of the Tabernacle of David

Acts 15:16-17 MKJV
(16) "After this I will return and will build again the tabernacle of David which has fallen down; and I
will build again its ruins, and I will set it up, (17) so those men who are left might seek after the Lord,
and all the nations on whom My name has been called, says the Lord, who does all these things."

Here James, speaking to the gathering of the early church in Jerusalem, quoting Amos 9:11-12 - said
that the fact that the Gentiles were coming to the Lord was a result of the restoration of the fallen
Tabernacle of David (the restoration of what the Tabernacle of David presented) - the grace of God
and a way open into the very Holiest of Holies – even for the Gentiles.

Three principles and the restoration thereof are indicated by Amos’ prophesy:

1. The restoration of the Tabernacle of David first of all means doing away with legalism,
   judgementalism, and condemnation, and turning to the hurting people of the church and the world
   with the open and accepting arms of a loving God. The Lord is inviting all to turn to Him, to let
   Him wipe their sins away, and to receive the refreshing that comes from being in the very
   presence of the Lord (Acts 3:19-21).

          Initially this was fulfilled when the veil was rent after the Lord Jesus died on the cross - by His
          sacrificial blood giving access to all peoples and nations into the presence of His Holy Father.
          When the first harvest of Gentiles stared coming into the kingdom, James confirmed this
          reality by quoting Amos’ prophesy.

          The complete fulfilment of this prophesy will be as the final harvest of the nations will be
          brought in, after the falling of the latter rains of the Spirit upon the earth (Zech. 10:1) -
          resulting in the preaching of the gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit throughout the whole
          world as a testimony to all the nations, after which the end will come (Matth. 24:14).

2. The restoration of the Tabernacle of David also includes the restoration of the Davidic order of
   day & night worship - in the church expressed in 24-hour worship and intercession globally.

     Though Amos 9:11 is not prophesying primarily about 24/7 intercessory worship, the revival of
     the prayer movement globally will be a foundational reality:
     a) In the final ingathering of the harvest.
     b) In the release and ushering in of Jesus’ return and worldwide rule over the nations.

3. The promise of the restoration of the Tabernacle of David ultimately refers to the governmental
   restoration of David’s international rule as part of the restoration of national Israel in the Millennial
   Kingdom. The context of Amos 9:11–12 is the governmental rule of Jesus over all the nations
   from Jerusalem as He will take up His place on the throne of David in Jerusalem as the Son of

   In accordance with David’s revelation of day & night worship here on earth according to the pattern of non-stop worship in heaven.
   There is a direct link between night & day worship & intercession and God pouring out His Spirit for the ingathering of the nations –
Luke 24:49-53; Acts 1&2. When we pray & worship 24/7, God will release the power of His Spirit for the ingathering of the nations into
His kingdom.
   According to the flesh being a physical descendant of David (Matth. 1:1; Rom. 1:3; Rev. 5:5) and in fulfilment of the promise God
made to David that forever his throne shall be established (2 Sam. 7:16).


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